NEWS12 November 2019

High Court hears Sikh census challenge

Legal News Public Sector UK

UK – The High Court in London will today hear a judicial review challenging the decision not to include a tick box for Sikh ethnicity on the next census in 2021.

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The Sikh Federation launched a legal challenge earlier this year to the government’s proposals for the census, focusing particularly on the decision not to include the option of a tick box for the Sikh ethnic group.

The census will include a Sikh tick box response option for the religion question, but the Sikh Federation argues that not everyone who identifies as ethnically Sikh also identifies as Sikh by religion.

Around 430,000 Sikhs were recorded in the last census in 2011, based on the non-mandatory question about religion. However, the federation estimates there are 700,000 to 800,000 ethnic Sikhs in the UK.

The review will be heard today and tomorrow ( 12th and 13th November).