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Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill

New legislation to ensure the 2021 Census may include voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill was published yesterday, having been introduced in the House of Lords recently.

The Bill will amend the Census Act 1920 and the Census Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 to remove the penalty for not responding to new census questions on sexual orientation and gender identity.

This means that the 2021 Census in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, may include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, which can be answered on a voluntary basis.

This Bill delivers on the proposals set out in the December 2018 White Paper, Help Shape our Future: The 2021 Census of Population and Housing in England and Wales, which sets out the UK Statistics Authority’s recommendations that these new questions be included in the 2021 Census in England and Wales, on a voluntary basis.

 

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Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/census-return-particulars-and-removal-of-penalties-bill

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