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Release: Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables, Summer 2014 update

Released: 29 May 2014 (Latest) Next edition: May - June 15 (provisional date)


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Conception and Fertility Rates, Live Births and Stillbirths, Mortality Rates, Live Births, Death Registrations, Population, Births and Fertility, Deaths, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Marriages, Divorces, Civil Partnerships

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • The number of divorces in the UK in 2012 was 130,469, an increase of 0.5% since 2011, when there were 129,763 divorces.

  • Other UK figures included in this update have been published previously.

In this release

These tables provide annual data for a selection of key statistics under the following themes: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions. Figures for the latest periods may be provisional, these will be updated to final figures when data is available. Commentary on trends in annual birth and death statistics can be found in the Birth summary tables and Death registrations summary tables.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality Metadata (2.7 Mb Pdf) and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (382.3 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births Metadata (412.8 Kb Pdf) and Births Quality and Methodology Information report (258.6 Kb Pdf) .

From May 2014, quarterly data for births, deaths and conceptions previously included in this release have been discontinued.  For more information see the ONS consultation on statistical products.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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