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Cities are of crucial importance to the future of Britain—they are also in a constant state of flux. As set out in the data below, there are huge numbers of people moving in and out of Britain’s cities. One eye-catching figure from below is that, from 1981-2011, 1.5m people moved into London. In that same time, the population of Milton Keynes almost doubled. In constrast, Scotland’s largest city fell sharply over the same period, as 139,000 people left the city. The age profile of cities also varies greatly, as do the reasons for which people move in and out of towns and the regions. This data shows clearly the great range of different needs and interests that exist across Britain’s cities, and that centralised budgets, set in Whitehall, cannot possibly correspond to the specific requirements of these very different communities.

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