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Could the next UK census ask you about your sexuality?

Naith Payton June 8, 2015
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A consultation has been launched to determine if the 2021 UK census should ask people about their sexuality.

Census data is used to determine local funding and planning for a variety of government issues. A question asking how people travel to work will help plan public transport and roads.

The upcoming census is the last to be on paper, and delivered to all homes.

There are concerns that asking people about sexuality will be seen as intrusive, and may deter people from completing the form.

John Pullinger of the Office of National Statistics said: “Decisions based on the census can touch the lives of all of us. Individuals and organisations alike are able to make better decisions based on the unique and reliable evidence base that the census provides.

“But we can’t run this major project alone. We need the help of census users to ensure that the census stays relevant and credible. So do please take the time to share your views through this consultation.

“Together we can make sure we understand as much as we need to about the population in 2021.”

All members of the public are encouraged to contribute here.

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