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SOUTH Holland could be in line for more Government funding following the release of 2011 Census statistics showing the population has risen 15 per cent.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published this week, the district now has 88,300 residents, compared to 76,522 when they were last recorded in 2001.

It stands fourth as part of the East Midlands in a list of 12 regions where the population has changed the most in the past 20 years and 17th out of 20 local and unitary authorities with the highest growth from 2001 to 2011.

Leader of the council Gary Porter said: “It is good that the census confirms what we have known for the past ten years.

“Now the district has been officially recognised as having a rise in population, it stands a better chance of getting Government funding to meet its needs.”

A more detailed breakdown of the statistics will not be available until winter 2012.

Deputy leader Coun Nick Worth said: “The population increase has not come as a big surprise to us as the figures are in line with the mid-term estimates.

“This information will enable us to provide fair and equitable access for all our residents to our services.”

In South Holland, there was a 98 per cent response rate to the census, higher than the national average of 95 per cent.