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Farron: 'Census statistics show need to offer well paid jobs for young people'

July 17, 2012 12:23 PM

TF KendalSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has today said that the census statistics show that we need to do 'much more to keep young people in Cumbria'.

The Office for National Statistics has released information from last years census. The statistics show that Carlisle has overtaken South Lakeland as the county's most populous district. Eden remains the most sparsely-populated district in England with just 25 people per square km.

Barrow was the only area within the county where the population fell. Its total declined by 4% per cent from 72,001 to 69,100.

The Government uses the statistics provided by the census to allocate funding for services such as education, transport and health.

Tim said: "The statistics sadly show what communities up and down Cumbria have known for years, namely that we have major problems retaining our young people. Agencies, councils and business now need to sit down with this information and work together to create well paid jobs, truly affordable housing and opportunities for young people throughout Cumbria."