Christianity on the decline in Redbridge, while other religions on the up (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Christianity on the decline in Redbridge, while other religions on the up
Christianity is on the decline in Rebridge, while people following other religions are on the increase, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
In each of the six wards which cover Wanstead and Woodford the number of people who stated they were Christian in the 2011 census has dropped since the last census ten years ago.
This drop is countered by the rise in other religions such as Islam and Hinduism and the rise in people who claim to have no religion.
Wanstead has reported the most significant drop from 7225 Christians to 5985, a drop of 17 per cent in ten years.
This drop is echoed in the wards which cover Ilford.
Clementswood saw a drop of 16 per cent from 3634 to 3029 and Loxford saw a drop of 13 per cent from 4666 to 4046.
The UK as a whole also experienced a 11 per cent drop in Christians from 37.3 million in 2001 to 33.2 million in 2011.
Roding experienced the largest rise in the number of Muslisms in Wanstead and Woodford in the ten year period, from 703 to 1590, a rise of 126 per cent.
The two wards in Redbridge which already had the largest number of Muslisms also experienced a rise.
Clementswood saw a rise of 76 per cent from 3544 to 6267 and Loxwood saw a rise of 79 per cent from 4241 to 7603 Muslisms.
While the number of people claiming to practise no religion has also risen, which is echoed across the UK.
Church End experienced the largest rise of people with no religious affiliation in Wanstead and Woodford from 1728 in 2010 to 2695 in 2011 - a rise of 55 per cent.
However, Loxford broke the trend and experienced a seven per cent drop in the number of people with no religious affiliation from 919 to 848 people.
The number of people in the UK who stated they had no religious affiliation increased by 81 per cent from 7.7 million in 2001 to 14.1.
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