Letter from Sir Bernard Silverman to Sir Ian Diamond (30 October 2020)

Letter sent by Sir Bernard Silverman, Chair of the Methodological Assurance Review Panel for the 2021 Census to Sir Ian Diamond, ONS National Statistician on Friday 30 October 2020. Copied to the signatories of this letter to Sir Bernard, and…

Back under the radar? A review of plans for the census

This blog looks at recent developments on the framing of the sex question in the next census. TimingThe UK census is undertaken by three separate census authorities: National Records of Scotland (NRS); the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which covers…

A negligible effect? The untested assumptions behind plans for the 2021 census

“The proposed 2021 census will probably be the most important for a generation. It will begin to show the devastating effects of Covid-19 on our communities and individuals. It is imperative that the largest number of our citizens are included.”Lord…

Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe

Our analysis suggests that those jurisdictions in Europe who have already introduced self-declaration models for legal sex change have tended to do so with very little public scrutiny.

MBM submission to Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on protected groups

Submitted to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee's inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting on different protected groups in different ways. It appears that…

Shifting sands on the definition of ‘woman’ in Scots law: the journey of the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act from consultation to implementation

That women remain under-represented in public life is largely uncontested. Campaigns to improve the representation of women enjoy support across the political spectrum, even if there are differences in opinion on how that might be achieved. In early 2018, the…