Is Britain Full?

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Duration: 30 minutes

Panorama investigates just how overcrowded the UK actually is. The latest official population projection has it rising over the next twenty years to 70 million. If it does, everybody will feel the effects - from where we live to where our kids go to school.

Some argue that the extra population, much of it made up of new immigrants, will help boost the British economy, but will it? And what can politicians actually do to stop the growth?

  • The £1m homes built 'for bank clerks'

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    Panorama visits a London suburb and a new-build estate in Essex to measure the potential impact of population growth on the housing market.

  • Britain's looming population pressures

    With a population of 70 million forecast for Britain by 2030, reporter John Ware looks at the looming pressures on public services and political leaders.

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  • Barking born and 'stuck in a slum'

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    Panorama visits a mother-of-five in east London where a council housing shortage has left families living in damp, sub-standard conditions.

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Jeremy Vine
John Ware
Leo Telling


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