By Serena Hussain

Many religion teams within the united kingdom - such a lot particularly Muslims - have in recent times challenged the concept that faith can be predominantly a question for the non-public area. according to this problem, the 2001 nationwide Census incorporated the query of non secular association. utilizing the large-scale info of the 2001 nationwide Census, 'Muslims at the Map' has created the 1st lengthy awaited neighborhood profile which appears at Muslims as a whole religion group from a sociological and social coverage standpoint. In her research Serena Hussain finds the social place of Muslims as a bunch in comparison to different religion groups when it comes to academic skills, fiscal job and housing stipulations and as verified by way of different poverty signs. In doing so she presents the 1st major, complete portrait of Muslim groups in sleek Britain.

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As a result a series of consultations with various agencies and departments were conducted. e Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions saw the information on religious affiliation as potentially useful for regeneration, housing and planning and particularly where services are delivered in partnership or consultation with the local community. e Department for Education and Employment felt there were a number of uses for such data including: the monitoring of education policy to ensure equity of opportunity and raise educational achievement, local environment information to put  performance into context, policy development in identifying disadvantage and priorities for action and for policy briefing on employment opportunities and racial disadvantage.

For purposes of simplicity it would seem reasonable that faiths are not subdivided’ (Sacranie ). In , as a result of the subgroup’s campaigning the Office for National Statistics () agreed to include a question asking about religious affiliation in the  Census Test. e  also invited the subgroup to join the  Census religious affiliation subgroup, where Professor Francis remained as convenor. Despite the question being included in the Census Test, the subgroup needed to demonstrate that there would be sufficient use for the data by the main census users.

E fact that the powers that be acknowledge your community is worth giving space to on a Census form means that you are important enough in their eyes to be recognised. Here the communities who are most likely to be persecuted and face varying forms of discrimination – namely the minority communities, were actively supportive of the inclusion of a question on religion, this was of course because they acknowledged the benefits of being counted. e fact also that the question is not compulsory allows those who wish to opt out of answering the question to do so.

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