2021 United Kingdom census facts for kids
Changes from 2011 census
The general style of the questionnaire is similar to that of the 2011 census, although there are some new questions for 2021:
- A question asking if people have served in the armed forces.
- Voluntary question for 16 and over about sexual orientation.
- Voluntary question for 16 and over about whether people feel they are the sex which was on their birth certificate; this is in addition to the compulsory question about their sex.
In Scotland, the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2019 makes provisions for voluntary questions about transgender status and sexual orientation to be asked. The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Act 2019 makes the same provision for England and Wales. The sexual orientation question will also be asked in Northern Ireland.
On 17 March 2021, the ONS withdrew from the High Court proceedings, conceding that "what is your sex" refers to sex as recognised by the law, and not gender identity.
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