Dear UK Statistics Authority,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide the following information:

For FY 2010 up to and including FY 2019, provide a list of all LGB/LGBT organisations (eg Stonewall, Mermaids, Gendered Intelligence, GIRES) you have:

- consulted;

- received training from;

- paid monies to for goods and services.

2) The money spent annually, during this same period, on supporting and promoting LGB/LGBT groups and causes including:

- rainbow branding (including lanyards, flags, posters and other materials);
- attending conferences and events, running LGB/LGBT-specific social media accounts, training for employees, HR, etc.;
- subscriptions and donations to LGB/LGBT organisations including but not limited to Stonewall, Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids.

3) Provide a list of public benefits identified in forming these relationships and spending, and how this helps you comply with your Public Sector Equality Duty under s. 149 of the Equality Act 2010

Please interpret my request in the broadest possible terms. If you have any doubt as to whether any information falls within the scope of my request, please assume that it does and include it in your response.

Please provide the information by email in either Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf), Microsoft Word .docx or .doc format, Microsoft Excel .xlsx or .xls format, Microsoft Powerpoint .pptx or .ppt format, plain text format or, if appropriate, in the body of the email. Please include all email attachments and enclosures. Information supplied in pdf format should be text searchable using Adobe Reader. All responses and documents must permit printing and content copying and must not be protected by a password.

Please quote my reference Govt-2020-10-LGBT in all correspondence and please acknowledge receipt by return.

Yours etc.,

Rob

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FOI Team, UK Statistics Authority

Our Reference: FOI/2020/0876

 

Dear Rob,

 

Thank you for your email requesting data pertaining to organisations with
which ONS have consulted. Please accept our apologies for the delay in our
response to you.

 

I am writing to confirm that the Office for National Statistics has now
completed its search for the information which you requested.

You asked:

​​For financial year 2010 up to and including financial year 2019, please
provide a list of all LGB/LGBT organisations (eg Stonewall, Mermaids,
Gendered Intelligence, GIRES) you have:

- consulted;

- received training from;

- paid monies to for goods and services.

2) Please provide the money spent annually, during this same period, on
supporting and promoting LGB/LGBT groups and causes including:

- rainbow branding (including lanyards, flags, posters and other
materials);

- attending conferences and events, running LGB/LGBT-specific social media
accounts, training for employees, HR, etc.;

- subscriptions and donations to LGB/LGBT organisations including but not
limited to Stonewall, Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids.

 

3) Provide a list of public benefits identified in forming these
relationships and spending, and how this helps you comply with your Public
Sector Equality Duty under s. 149 of the Equality Act 2010.

 

We said:

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request for financial year
2009/10 to 2018/19:

1. Regarding LGBT organisations ONS have consulted with, received training
from and paid for goods and services from.

2. The money spent annually, during this same period, on supporting and
promoting LGB/LGBT groups and causes including:

Rainbow branding 

Attending conferences and events, running LGB/LGBT-specific social media
accounts, training for employees, HR, etc.

Subscriptions and donations to LGB/LGBT organisations

3. Provide a list of public benefits identified in forming these
relationships and spending, and how this helps you comply with your Public
Sector Equality Duty under s. 149 of the Equality Act 2010. 

 

The ONS collects sexual orientation data on the [1]Annual Population
Survey (APS) and [2]Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

In 2015, ONS held a public [3]2021 Census topic consultation for England
and Wales, which anyone could take part in.  Responses were received from
a wide variety of potential data users, stakeholders and experts in
different fields.  As part of our work on the census development we
engaged with those who responded to the consultation and undertook further
engagement, including with health organisations, academics and
researchers, public bodies and organisations with equalities
responsibilities, local government, the UK Statistics Offices, women's
organisations and LGBT organisations.    

In line with the [4]Code of Practice for Statistics, ONS maintained an
open dialogue with these potential data users, stakeholders and experts
(LGBT and non-LGBT organisations), with an interest in statistics on
gender identity and sexual orientation. Through engagement ONS was able to
capture a range of feedback, and understand a wide variety of views and
needs to ensure that the statistics produced meet the needs of the maximum
number of users.

The consultation and ongoing work identified a clear user need for
information on gender identity and improved information on sexual
orientation. These were requested and have since been recommended as new
topics for inclusion in Census 2021. The data are required to support
policy development and service planning as well as equality monitoring.
 Voluntary questions on these topics for those who are 16 and over are
included in the final questions set out in the [5]census legislation.

Data users and stakeholders attended ONS events or provided feedback on
the gender identity and sexual orientation topics and related question
development.  These included the following LGBT organisations:

a:gender

All Sorts Youth

Educate & Celebrate

Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality

Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)

Gendered Intelligence

GLADD: The Association of LGBTQ+ Doctors and Dentists

LGBT Foundation

Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality

London Friend

Mermaids

Scottish Transgender Alliance

Stonewall

Stonewall Cymru

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

The Beaumont Trust

The National LGB&T Partnership

 

No money was paid to stakeholders for their engagement.

ONS has undertaken an [6]Equality Impact Assessment for the 2021
Census evaluating the equality impacts of the census and considerations in
accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

An [7]Equality Impact Assessment for the 2011 Census was also carried out.

 

Expenditure

ONS have paid for training of topic experts including to attend relevant
events, and on other goods and services to the following organisations:

Gendered Intelligence

Isle of Wight Pride

Mermaids

Pride Cymru

Stonewall

Student Pride Ltd

In addition, they have paid for subscription to Stonewall and their
Diversity Champions programme. Our annual spend on these for the period
was:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|2009/10 |1,725.00 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2010/11 |1,762.50 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2011/12 |1,800.00 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2012/13 |2,707.50 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2013/14 |5,910.00 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2014/15 |1,620.00 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2015/16 |4,944.00 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2016/17 |5,091.60 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2017/18 |3,355.00 |
|-----------------------------------+------------------------------------|
|2018/19 |6,392.80 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

(Note, there is no list held centrally of which LGBT organisations ONS has
been in contact with, so there may be other organisations not included
above).

 

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