For the first time in history, the majority of babies are now born out of wedlock

Over 50% of births in England & Wales are now not to married couples, according to ONS

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Facts4EU.Org reveals the changing face of the society we now live in

On Thursday the Office for National Statistics released the latest figures on births in England and Wales, for the year 2021 - the first year of Brexit. Some of the results are very interesting and as the BBC has failed to cover this, Facts4EU.Org will.

The report from the ONS was a little odd, focusing on still and pre-term births, so we delved into the data to bring readers a summary picture which may surprise many people.

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Office for National Statistics – ‘Birth characteristics in England and Wales: 2021’

  • 51.3% of babies are born out of wedlock
  • Average age of mothers has increased to 31 years old
  • Total fertility rate is now only 1.55 children per couple
  • October was the most popular month for births
  • Over four in 10 births are not what the ONS describes as ‘White British’

[Source: Latest ONS official data, released 19 Jan 2023.]

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Babies born out of wedlock now outnumber those born to married couples

This is the first year in history that births registered outside of a marriage or civil partnership have outnumbered births registered within a marriage or civil partnership. There were 624,828 live births in 2021, of which 320,713 (51.3%) were registered to women outside of any form of wedlock.

This is the first time this has happened since figures first started being collected in the year 1845 – over 175 years ago.

The oldest parents in history

In the latest figures, (for 2021), the average age of mothers who gave birth in England and Wales increased to 31 years old, while the average age of fathers is 34. These figures are the highest since data collection on parental age began in 1938 for mothers and in 1964 for fathers.

The total fertility rate (TFR) for England and Wales in 2021 was estimated to be 1.55 children per woman and the general fertility rate (GFR) was 54.1 births per 1,000 women.

In 2021 October was the most popular month for new babies

The most popular date of birth in 2021 was 23 September with 2,055 live births occurring and the second most popular was 07 October with 2,011 live births.

In 2021, October was the most popular month for births, while the least popular month was February.

Between 2001 and 2021, on average, 9 of the top 10 dates of births were towards the end of September and early October. During this period, 27 September was the most popular date for a baby to be born. The least popular date of birth between 2001 and 2021 was Boxing Day followed by Christmas Day.

Finally, ethnicity

We will first say that it is the ONS that collects and publishes this data, not us. Secondly, the Facts4EU.Org team includes people of different ethnic backgrounds and races.

We feel it is perfectly legitimate to report the Office for National Statistics information, and this is summarised below.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Ethnic diversity

Latest official figures from the ONS

  • White British : 367,375
  • Asian : 75,923
  • White Other : 72,945
  • Black : 29,866
  • Other ethnic group, mixed, or not stated : 78,053
  • Total live births : 624,162
  • 41.1% of these are not what the ONS characterises as as “White British”

[Source: Latest ONS official data, released 19 Jan 2023.]

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No doubt the woke mob will come down on us like a tonne of bricks for daring to report the data from the Office for National Statistics.

Our view is that this is official information which the public has the right to know. If the BBC will not report it then we have to.

For the first time in British history, more babies are being born out of wedlock than in marriages or ‘civil partnerships’. We think that is significant. It raises questions about the nature of the society we live in.

The Wokerati in the metropolitan centres might not like this talked about but we believe people across the country would like to know more about their country. There is no doubt that we are becoming increasingly diverse over time and that traditional family units are now in the minority when it comes to new births.

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[ Source: Office for National Statistics ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sun 22 Jan 2023

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