There are 172 congregations in the Unitarian General Assembly. This is one down from last year (173). Two congregations have disappeared from the directory, though I can't remembering anything being reported about the congregations closing. One is Pudsey in West Yorkshire, and the other is Loughborough in Leciestershire.
The good news is that one new congregation has been recognised this year, Bangor, in North Wales, accepted as a small congregation.
I'm sure that we going to continue to see about two congregations closing every year, I just hope we can see a few more starting as well.
The Directory also lists 133 Ministers (one down on last year) but this is a pretty meaningless number as it includes retired Ministers, and Ministers living in Ireland, America and other parts of the world.