“Trans people will be permitted to change their sex on the next official census, despite warnings it could mean the statistics become ‘skewed’.
Guidance for the forthcoming survey in 2021 will give respondents the option to state their sex is ‘different from what is on your birth certificate’.
It is feared the advice, which applies to both adults and children, could distort population data upon which the Government bases future policy.
A set of ‘rehearsal’ questions published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this month provided written advice alongside the question on sex
It said: ‘If you are one or more of non-binary, transgender, have variations of sex characteristics, sometimes also known as intersex, the answer you give can be different from what is on your birth certificate.
‘If you’re not sure how to answer, use the sex registered on your official documents, such as passport or driving licence, or whichever answer best describes your sex.
‘A later question gives the option to tell us if your gender is different from your sex registered at birth, and, if different, to record your gender.’…
The NHS, prisons and schools have all taken to steps towards allowing people to register as the gender with which they best identify.”