Ministerial Population Taskforce


A Population Taskforce was established in June 2019 to consider Scotland’s future population challenges. 

This includes intensifying existing interventions where they are effective and developing solutions to address demographic and population change. The taskforce meets quarterly.

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Other ministers may attend the taskforce depending on the items on the agenda. 

Ministers and officials supporting the taskforce regularly meet representatives from local government and other partners, some of whom attend the Population Programme Board, which forms part of the governance structure of the taskforce. 




Telephone: 0300 244 4000 (Central Enquiries Unit)

Scottish Government
Directorate for External Affairs
Population and Migration Division
2H South
Victoria Quay

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