15 May 2017
Welsh Government has launched a report that aims to identify six factors that will impact government and public administration in future.
The areas identified by
Future trends include social, economic,
environmental and cultural trends in six areas: population, health,
economy and infrastructure, climate change, land use and natural
resources, and society and culture.
The report comments that:
- Wales' population is projected to increase by five per cent in
the next 20 years, due to natural change combined with migration
from the rest of the UK and internationally.
- Over the next 20 years, over-65s will make up 25 per cent of
- Wales has great untapped growth potential to generate energy,
including from renewable sources.
- The need for housing is growing faster than the number of
available properties; however there is likely to be less suitable
land available for development as low-lying land becomes
increasingly prone to flooding.
- Wales' digital skills lag behind the rest of the UK
Wales is becoming more diverse, although the Welsh identity is
stable, with 85 per cent of those born in the country identifying
Later, the report notes that exiting the European Union may be
the most disrupting factor to the identified trends, and that
politically-led 'de-globalisation' could risk economic growth.
Finally, Future trends identifies a series of discussion points,
including the impact of a trend towards a service economy and what
the growth of digital means for community cohesion across