Resort tops divorce rate table

Father Christopher Wren of St Paul's Church, Marton.
Father Christopher Wren of St Paul's Church, Marton.
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BLACKPOOL is the divorce capital of England and Wales, according to new figures revealed after the 2011 census.

The results showed the resort has the highest number of divorced people living on its shores out of anywhere in the country.

According to the census 13.1 per cent of people living in the resort are divorced, compared to a national average of nine per cent.

The figures also include same-sex civil partnerships which have been dissolved.

Father Christopher Wren, vicar at St Paul’s Church, in Marton, said: “What people need to do is be sure they’re compatible before they get married, but that’s the society we live in.

“It’s less stable than it was in previous years and Blackpool does have its share of problems.”

Justin Allitt, of Allitt Estate Agents, says he has seen a rise in single mothers and fathers moving out of family homes.

He added: “There is an increasing number of marital splits and the predominant reason for that is money.

“Whether it’s alcohol-related or people losing their jobs it’s certainly on the increase and it’s very sad.”

The census data also showed home ownership in Blackpool had decreased by 17 per cent over the past decade, compared to a seven per cent drop nationwide.

Mr Allitt added: “It’s a shame because we’ve got good 
affordable stock here and there’s a pent up demand for people to buy, but people aren’t being helped because there’s no access to finance.

“Traditionally you get a lot of first time buyers moving to Blackpool because it’s cheap but the banks aren’t helping people to get a foot on the housing ladder.

“People are saying we’re falling out of love with home ownership but I disagree, the demand’s there and people still want to own their own homes and bring up their families there.”

The results also showed the number of people in Blackpool defining themselves has Christian had fallen by more than 10 per cent from 73.9 per cent to 67.2 per cent, while the number of people describing themselves as having no religion rose by more than 13 per cent from 11.4 per cent to 24.5 per cent.

There had been little difference in the ethnic make-up of Blackpool in the last 10 years.

In all 96.6 per cent of the resort’s residents said they were white, 1.2 per cent described themselves as mixed race, 1.7 per cent as Asian or Asian British, 0.1 per cent as African, Caribbean or Black British, and 0.2 per cent as other ethnic group.

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