Census reveals ‘no faith’ rise

NEARLY a third of North Somerset’s population have no religious faith, according to the latest census figures.

Thirty per cent of people declared themselves as non-religious in last year’s census, sparking fears that people are turning their back on Christianity.

The 2011 census has seen the proportion of Christians in North Somerset drop from 75 per cent to 61 per cent during the past decade – a fall of about 18,000 people.

While the percentage of Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Hindus have remained stable, the proportion of those indicated they had no religious affiliation has almost doubled.

North Somerset’s Christianity figures remain slightly above national average.

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