Posted January 26, 2018 06:29:00 Plant closures have soared over the last five years, with nearly half of UK households having shut their doors in the past year, according to the UK Plant Statistics Agency.
A report released on Thursday (January 26) found that the number of people who have closed their doors has increased by 10% in just four years.
According to the figures, the total number of plant closures fell by 5.2% in the year ending June 2018 compared to the previous year, but the proportion of people in the country who have shut their plants down fell by a similar proportion.
The latest figures show that over the past five years the UK is seeing a steady rise in plant closures as a result of climate change.
The number of UK plants closed over the period was almost doubled between 2015 and 2016, from 1,078,000 to 2,632,000.
The figures also showed that while the proportion who closed their plants fell, the proportion in the number who had to relocate to other parts of the country also increased.
The report showed that the overall proportion of plant closings had risen by just under half over the same period.
The figure for the proportion living in homes with no power fell from 9.4% to 7.9%.
The report also revealed that the proportion that have lost their homes has increased from 10.4 per cent to 14.5 per cent over the year.
The rise in UK plant closures was partly driven by a rise in people leaving the UK in search of work, and by the introduction of the Northern Powerhouse, which has cut emissions and helped cut the country’s carbon emissions by over 40%.
Plant closures in the United States are also rising, with a report released last month showing that nearly half (47%) of households in the US had shut their plant shutters down in the last year.
Around two-thirds of those who had shuttered their plants said they were unable to find new work and more than a quarter said they had lost their job.
However, in the case of the UK, the report showed a more dramatic drop in plant closers from 3.4 million in 2015 to just over 2 million last year, with more than half of households having closed their plant.
In the United Kingdom, the biggest proportion of shuttered plants was in Wales, with almost half (48%) of those households having had their plants shut.
The findings also showed a sharp rise in numbers of people living in the area that was hit hard by the closure of the nuclear power plant at Bournemouth, as well as in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.
It is not clear how the plant closures will affect the economy as a whole.
According the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are over 16 million people who are now living in households without power.
However the ONS also said that there are some 8.8 million people living without a home, or in other care homes, and there are around 5.1 million people without access to employment.
More than half (54%) of the jobs in the private sector are currently unfilled.
Meanwhile, the number working part-time or no longer at all has increased in the capital cities of the capital and the South East of England, the ONSA said.
The ONS said the job market is set to remain weak in the years ahead.
The numbers of employed people aged 16 to 64, who are more likely to have stopped working, fell by more than 50% between 2015 to 2016, the latest data showed.