For the first time, more than half of people in the UK do not identify as religious, a survey suggests. Last year 53% of people described themselves as having “no religion”, in a survey of 2,942 adults by the National Centre for Social Research. Among those aged between 18 and 25, the proportion was higher at

71%. The Bishop of Liverpool said God and the Church “remains relevant” and that saying “no religion was not the same as considered atheism”. The figures, shown to BBC Radio 5 live, reveal a downward trend for religious belief in the UK. When the national centre’s British Social Attitudes survey began in 1983, 31% of respondents said they had no religion. READ MORE