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Number of civil partnerships grew slightly in 2017

Increase resulted from more civil partnerships between women

There were 908 civil partnerships formed in England and Wales in 2017, an increase of 2.0 per cent compared with 2016; this is the second annual increase since the introduction of marriages of same-sex couples was announced in 2013.

The Office for National Statistics has published statistics relating to civil partnerships in England and Wales for 2017.

The increase in the number of civil partnership formations between 2016 and 2017 resulted solely from an 8.0 per cent rise (23 civil partnerships) in civil partnerships between women, civil partnership formation among men decreased by 0.8 per cent (five civil partnerships).

Almost two-thirds (66 per cent) of all civil partnerships formed in 2017 were between men.

More than half (51 per cent) of those entering a civil partnership in 2017 were aged 50 years and over; this compares with 19 per cent in 2013, prior to the introduction of marriages of same-sex couples.

In 2017, the average age of men forming a civil partnership (50.3 years) was higher than for women (49.5 years).

London continued to be the most popular region for the formation of civil partnerships; 37 per cent of all formations in England and Wales in 2017 took place in London.

There were 1,217 civil partnership dissolutions granted in England and Wales in 2017, of these 57 per cent were to female couples.

Nicola Haines, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, commented:

"Despite the introduction of marriages for same-sex couples in March 2014, the number of same-sex couples choosing to form civil partnerships has increased slightly for the second consecutive year. Almost two-thirds of couples entering into a civil partnership in 2017 were male and more than half of all civil partners were aged 50 years or above. However, our latest data on marriages from 2015 shows that male couples accounted for less than half of all marriages between same-sex couples while only 16% of those marrying a partner of the same-sex were aged 50 and over."

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