Population Taskforce (ministerial)


A Population Taskforce was established in June 2019 to consider Scotland’s future population challenges and is responsible for the delivery of the Population Strategy, published in March 2021. 

Its work 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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  • Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees (Chair)
  • Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands 
  • Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
  • Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy
  • Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition
  • Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport
  • Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health 
  • Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise
  • Minister for Transport
  • Minister for Housing
  • Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade
  • Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights
  • Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning
  • Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance

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. Local authority representation on the Programme Board comes from COSLA.



Email: population@gov.scot 

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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