Overview:

  • the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005 in the UK

  • the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) quality assure and produce regular statistics for their own respective countries

  • time series data are available on a comparable basis back to 2005 for formations and 2007 for dissolutions

Civil partnership statistics present data on civil partnership formations and dissolutions that take place in the UK, as well as providing breakdowns by constituent country. The statistics are produced by sex, country, area, age, previous partnership status, country of dissolution and age at dissolution.

Civil partnership statistics for England and Wales are based on details collected when a civil partnership is formed. This information is recorded onto the Registration Online (RON) system by registrars, which is then transferred into our Life Events Continuity (LEC) database at the end of each day. Civil partnership dissolutions are recorded by the courts who then share the data with us.

Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own systems for recording civil partnership formations and dissolutions and supply us with the data required for the publication. We quality assure civil partnership data for England and Wales and also co-ordinate and publish statistics for the whole of the UK with breakdowns for each constituent country.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is one of the main users of civil partnership statistics. The GEO take the lead on all civil partnership matters and use our statistics to answer policy-based questions. Organisations covering gay and lesbian rights and equality issues, and businesses, such as civil partnership celebration planners, also use the statistics to support their campaigns and to predict the amount of business they might expect.

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