Civil servants ‘caved in to trans lobby over census sex question’

Feb 22, 2021 by

by Michael Powell and Max Aitchison Mailonline:

Civil servants have been accused of caving in to last-minute pressure from transgender activists that will make it easier for people to pick their sex in the UK Census.

The campaign group Fair Play For Women has launched a High Court challenge against the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for letting respondents to the Census on March 21, which will cost £1 billion, choose the sex that appears on legal documents such as their passport.

They are angry that the last-minute decision allows the use of documents that can be changed with a single note from a doctor.

Campaigners claim the decision is a U-turn by ONS chiefs who had earlier insisted people would only be able to state the sex on their birth certificate or gender recognition certificate.

On January 22, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, head of the ONS, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The question on sex is very simply your legal sex.’

Six days later, Iain Bell, ONS deputy national statistician, emailed a social scientist: ‘We settled on legal sex as being birth certificate or gender recognition certificate.’

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