National population projections (NPPs) provide an indication of the potential future population size of the UK and its constituent countries. A full NPP release using the latest available population data including census data and new assumptions for fertility, mortality, and migration. Providing a range of variant projections. The base population is planned to be mid-2022. NPPs are widely used in planning, for example, fiscal projections, health, education, and pensions.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.