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Stage One debate on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM briefing

Overview It is planned that the 2021 Census will gather data for the first time on sexual orientationand on the transgender population, using voluntary questions. The census is the ideal way to gather information on relatively small populations like these.…

The case for due diligence: assessing and owning policy and practice

How do public authorities ensure that their policies, practices and services are fair and non-discriminatory? In Scotland, the standard approach is to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) which allows authorities to assess the impact of policies, practices or services…

Finding the middle ground: sex and gender identity in the 2021 census

This blog looks at some of the arguments and assumptions against retaining a binary sex question in the census and draws out the policy and legal implications. The analysis is based on evidence and arguments presented to the Culture, Tourism,…

Stage 1 report on Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM response

MurrayBlackburnMackenzie response to publication of the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: "We welcome the Stage 1 report of the CTEEA Committee on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act. We are pleased to note the Committee’s support for…

Assessing GRA reform: MBM letter to the National Advisory Council on Women & Girls (28 January 2019)

We welcome the establishment of the Advisory Council as a forum to champion the interests of women and girls in issues which are, or should be, receiving current political attention. Given that the Advisory Council’s focus in 2019 will be…

Sex and the Census: A review of the sex question since 2001

Introduction This review looks at how the ‘sex’ question has been interpreted in the Censuses for Scotland and for England and Wales since 2001, and plans for England and Wales in 2021. The analysis shows differing interpretations of the sex…

Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM evidence to the CTEEA Committee

Introduction We are grateful for the opportunity to submit evidence as part of the Committee’s Stage 1 considerations of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill will enable voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to be added to…