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…

Domino effects: the implications of the framing the sex question in the 2021 census

The UK is losing robust data on sex and the framing of the sex question in the 2021 census is set to make the situation worse.   The sex question in the 2021 census will ask whether a person is…

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…

A tale of two letters: whose views count?

Introduction Since November 2018, an intense debate has broken out over whether the sex question in the 2021 census should be framed in terms of self-declared gender identity, legal or biological sex. We have previously argued that we think that…

MBM view on proposals for the sex question in the UK 2021 census

This briefing examines the guidance proposed by UK census authorities to accompany the sex question. We argue that the UK is currently at risk of losing meaningful data on a key demographic variable used by policy-makers and statisticians, and recommend…

Losing consensus on the census

Within the last fifteen months, an intense debate has broken out over whether the sex question in the 2021 census should be framed in terms of self-declared gender identity, legal or biological sex. We think that this loss of consensus…

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