Those who identified themselves as belonging to 'no religious affiliation' increased from 15% to 25% between 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales. Even more impressive when you consider that the population increased by 7%, with half of that due to immigration. The major countries being India, Poland and Pakistan, where immigrants are highly likely to identify with some religion. People who identify themselves as Christians now make up only 59.3% of the population, down from 71.7% in 2001. Islam is the second highest religion, with 4.8% of the population. The Scottish figures are out next week and I'm hopefull we'll see similar shifts here, although we were already less religious than the rest of the UK. In 2001, 27.6% of the population identified themselves as 'no religion'. 65.1% identified as Christian last time out with no other religion making it above the 1% mark, although Islam was 2nd on 0.8%. It'd be great if we could get up to 35% of no religion in Scotland. Of course, I'm sure the 'no religion' figures downplay the number of atheists, agnostics and 'lapsed' christains. I know people who would say they were 'protestant', 'catholic' or 'christain' but who don't believe any of it and never attend church. Quite a few people still hold on to the cultural or ethnic label. All in all, I find this incredibly encouraging. We're finally making significant steps in ridding ourselves or organised religion. Whilst I'm sure we won't see a continous shedding of religion i=at quite the same rate, there can be no doubt religion is on it's way out in the UK!