MATRIMONY is stronger in Harrow than any other London borough, the National Census results have revealed.
Love is in the air as out of the 33 local authorities in the capital, Harrow has the highest proportion of adults (53.7 per cent) who are married and the lowest proportion who are single, according to the 2011 data released by the Office of National Statistics.
The council has said the trend could be attributed to the fact Harrow is also one of the most religious in the country, with only 10 per cent of people saying they were not religious in the survey – the second lowest number after Newham.
Council leader Thaya Iddaikadar said: “I’m not really surprised. Only 10 per cent of people in the borough have no religion, which means 90 per cent do have a religion. Residents with a religion are more likely to have a stronger sense of community and commitment and once you’re in love, you’re more likely to get married, and more likely to stay together.”
Mr Iddaikadar said having more married couples puts less strain on the council’s coffers as with fewer separations, the council less frequently has to find separate accommodation for the mother and the father and look after any children from the fall-out.
The Reverend James Mercer, vicar of All Saints’ Harrow Weald in Uxbridge Road, said: “There is evidence to show that couples who come to the church and ask for a blessing of their life together do stay together.
“Their marriage ceremony is an act that couples would do in front of their friends and family and the wider community and so there’s the support there to ensure their marriage has a better chance of lasting.”
In London, Harrow has the least number of adults who are single and have never been married or in a civil partnership (32.3 per cent), divorcees (5.4 per cent), and cohabiting couples (5.7 per cent).
It lies in the bottom three in the city for the number of adults in a same-sex civil partnership (0.2 per cent), and those who are separated but still legally married or in a civil partnership (2.3 per cent).
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