Arts Council England will ‘pressure’ groups to provide data on staff sexuality

Feb 12, 2019 by

from Express and Star:

Arts Council England will “pressure” organisations to reveal data on the sexuality of their staff in a drive for diversity.

Institutions including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the English National Ballet are required to adhere to diversity targets in order to receive their funding.

Arts Council England demands information on the ethnicity, age, gender, and sexual orientation of staff from organisations they fund in order for them to be assessed and rated.

But often this data is not provided, with organisations giving an answer of “unknown” or staff themselves saying they “prefer not to answer”, particularly when quizzed on sexuality.

Arts Council England, which plans to invest £1.45 billion in public funding in the coming years, has said it will apply pressure to gain the information on sexual orientation, having followed advice from LGBT charity Stonewall to make data gathering a priority.

Pressure to provide data has been branded “unacceptable” by privacy campaigners.

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