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UK civil partnerships increase

There were 7,037 civil partnerships formed in the UK in 2012, according to provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics. This represents an increase of 3.6% on 2011.

The total number of civil partnerships formed in the UK since the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force in December 2005, up to the end of 2012, is 60,454. This is the equivalent to 120,908 civil partners, a figure which is much higher than was originally estimated in the regulatory impact assessment on the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

The impact assessment suggested that by 2010 the estimated likely take-up of civil partnerships in Great Britain would be between 11,000 and 22,000 people in civil partnerships. At the start of 2010, over 79,000 people had entered into a civil partnership in Great Britain.

The number of civil partnership formations increased in all four constituent countries in 2012, with an increase of 3.4% in England (6,103 partnerships), 3.6% in Scotland (574 partnerships), 2.8% in Wales (259 partnerships) and 13% in Northern Ireland (101 partnerships).

The statistics also show the number of civil partnership dissolutions in 2012. The provisional figures, according to the ONS, only cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the Scottish figures are not yet available.

These show that there were 794 dissolutions granted in England and Wales - up 20% since 2011 – and ten in Northern Ireland.

By the end of 2012, 3.2% of male civil partnerships in the England and Wales had ended in dissolution, while 6.1% of all female partnerships in England and Wales had ended in dissolution.

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