MBM statement on Scotland’s Census 2022 sex question guidance

The National Records of Scotland has announced that the guidance to be published alongside the 2022 census questionnaire to help respondents complete the sex question will advise people that they can answer based on their self-defined gender identity. A copy…

Letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: EU legislation on the census (7 October 2019)

Our letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: EU legislation on the census can be downloaded here. 7 October 2019 Dear Committee Members, We would like to draw to your attention to EU legislation on the 2021…

MBM review of the ONS paper ‘Methodology for decision making on the 2021 Census sex question concept and associated guidance’

MBM review of the ONS paper ‘Methodology for decision making on the 2021 Census sex question concept and associated guidance’ Less than six weeks before the date of the 2021 census in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics…

Time to fight for the principle of collecting data on biological sex

Today, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has published draft guidance entitled ‘Collecting and reporting data about sex in official statistics’. The guidance sets out what producers should consider when collecting and reporting data about sex, to meet the expected…

Was the sex question in the 2011 census ‘self-identified’?

1.   Introduction Less than six weeks before the date of the 2021 census in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the guidance which will accompany the compulsory sex question. The guidance is of critical importance because…

ONS guidance for the sex question in the 2021 census in England and Wales

The next census in England and Wales will take place on 21 March 2021. For the past few years, both expert data users and feminist groups have been taking a close interest in the sex question and how this is…

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