Press release – Sikh Council UK calls on ONS to support the case for separate ethnic monitoring of Sikhs

Sikh Council UK today wrote to the Office of National Statistics to reaffirm the case for a separate Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021.

Over 83,000 Sikhs identified their ethnic background as Sikh in the last census in 2011 despite there being no designated provision for this. The ONS undertook consultations of stakeholders in respect of the next census in 2015 and 2016 and concluded there was demand and earlier this year tested the use of a separate Sikh ethnic tick box and are currently undertaking further research before making a recommendation in the next three to four months that will be reflected in the Census White Paper 2018.

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