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MBM statement on recording in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

Recorded crime statistics allows stakeholders, policy-makers and researchers to analyse and monitor offending trends, develop our understanding of offending behaviours, and to target resources and services. To ensure these statistics are valid, reliable and consistent, the data criteria of what…

2017 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

  Conservative Party There is no reference in the 2017 Manifesto to reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Other references to transgender rights: "We will push forward with our plan for tackling hate crime committed on the basis of religion,…

Call for an independent review into how public authorities record sex and gender identity

Statistics are an essential part of government and parliamentary democracy. They provide government and those involved in delivering public services with information to plan and monitor policies and decisions, and to allocate resources. Statistics are also used to support business…

Recording sex in the criminal justice system: MBM letter to the National Advisory Council on Women & Girls

As part of the current NACWG spotlight on justice, we would like to draw your attention to a recent case which we think raises questions about how sex and gender are recorded within the criminal justice system, and reported by…

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 orientation and on the transgender population, using voluntary questions. The census is the ideal way to gather information on relatively small populations like…

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…