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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,…

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…