Seventy one percent of Londoners reported having a religious belief in the 2011 Census. Of the six largest world faiths, almost four million Christians and one million Muslims live in London, and Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism each have more than 80,000 followers in the capital.
The Mayor and his deputies regularly meet with faith communities all over London to make sure that those communities are involved in the future of the capital. The GLA supports a number of events to celebrate faith festivals each year, including Christmas, Vaisakhi, Diwali, Eid and Chanukah.
Assessment of the GLA's impact on faith equality
This assessment forms part of the GLA’s response to the General Equality Duty arising from the Equality Act 2010. Specifically it seeks to review the impact the GLA’s policies and practices have had, or will have, in furthering the aims of the General Duty on London faith communities. The assessment:
- documents the evidence taken into account;
- provides an analysis to establish whether GLA policies and practices have (or would) further the aims of the General Equality Duty;
- details the information the GLA has considered in carrying out this analysis;
- documents the engagement that the GLA has undertaken with people whom we consider to have an interest in furthering the aims of the General Equality Duty.