Guidance on sex question in UK census must be changed, high court rules

Legal challenge brought by Fair Play For Women group prompts change before census day on 21 March

Guidance on the sex question in the UK census must be changed before the official day to complete it on 21 March, a high court judge has ruled.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had issued new advice on how to answer the question “What is your sex?” on the survey this year, which read: “If you are considering how to answer, use the sex recorded on one of your legal documents such as a birth certificate, gender recognition certificate, or passport.”

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