EXCLUSIVE: Civil servants in Cabinet Office department are allowed to self-identify their gender: Fury as government staff don’t need to state whether they are male or female on their employee records
- EXCLUSIVE: Government Digital Service no longer requires staff to state sex
- Instead their new system simply lets workers type in gender they say they are
- These details are then added to their employment records in the department
- Rights campaigners said it eroded the ‘safety, dignity and privacy’ of women
Cabinet Office staff at the heart of Government are being allowed to self-identify their gender under a new system women’s rights campaigners warn is ‘rife for abuse’.
Records for employees at the Government Digital Service no longer require them to state whether they are male or female.
Instead staff can simply type in what gender identity they want for it to be added to their documents.
MailOnline can disclose the GDS – which is part of the Cabinet Office – quietly rolled out the new system over the past few months.
Women’s rights campaigners have previously warned self-identification could be a pathway to abuse from predatory individuals.
And it appears completely at odds with some Ministers’ views on the need for biological sex to be recorded accurately.
Just days ago Home Secretary Suella Braverman publicly castigated Sussex Police after it defended a legally-male trans paedophile when women called him a man.
Caroline Ffiske from Conservatives for Women told MailOnline: ‘Sex does matter for the safety, dignity, privacy, as well as life-long opportunities, for women and girls.
Government Digital Service no longer gets staff to say if they are male or female (stock pic)
Caroline Ffiske, left, said the ‘safety, dignity and privacy’ of women would be eroded by system
The new system was quietly introduced by the Government Digital Service in recent months
The team – part of the Cabinet Office – says workers don’t need to say what sex they are
‘It sounds like under this new system, for data management purposes civil servants will not need to record their sex at all.
‘Men will be able to ‘self-identify’ as women and women as men. Civil servants will be able to come up with any new “self-identification” descriptions they like whether that be pansexual or wombat.’
The GDS’s new system lets employers refuse to say what biological sex they are and write what gender they consider themselves to be.
It said it had introduced the new system after staff feedback and consulting its LGBT+ group, but it is not clear who signed off the new procedure.
One government source told MailOnline the department made decisions that were not necessarily in total chime with accepted policy.
In the GDS’s new forms people are asked if they identity with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman publicly castigated Sussex Police after it defended a legally-male trans paedophile when women called him a man
The Cabinet Officer department said it implemented the system change after staff requests
Police force slammed for calling it ‘hateful’ to say transgender paedophile is a man wants to be able to record criminals’ details using gender neutral title ‘Mx’
A police force who said it was ‘hateful’ to call a legally-male trans paedophile a man wants a system where criminals can be recorded as no-gender or other identities.
Sussex Police released a humiliating apology last night after it sparked a row defending Sally Anne Dixon, 58, when the sex offender was called a man by women online.
But MailOnline can reveal the under-fire constabulary has loftier plans that would cut out both male and female terminologies.
The police force – which has its own gender identity and expression page – says it wants to go beyond binary options.
Instead it says it is putting into place new crime recording systems that will go beyond the biologically-recognised sexes.
A Sussex Police document declares: ‘The Home Office require us to capture demographic information which they use to monitor crime trends.
‘Therefore we record the gender of people that interact with us. Often we are only able to record binary options of male or female in our systems.
‘We are making changes where we can to include other gender identities as well as using the gender neutral honorific, “Mx”.’
After the furore sparked by Dixon, who has no Gender Recognition Certificate, there was disbelief after the police plan emerged.
Options available are ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Prefer not to say’, which then leads to a separate section.
If the question is answered as ‘No’, users can enter any free text they want about their gender identity.
This is then added to their employee records on the government system.
Ms Ffiske added: ‘The new system also uses the fantastical notion of sex being “assigned at birth”. That is obviously silly – but also profoundly serious: our very civil service is undermining the anchoring of our society in science.
‘If our sex doesn’t matter, then clearly single sex services and spaces don’t matter.
‘Well, women aren’t accepting this and we are pushing back, working together across old political allegiances.’
Women’s rights campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen agreed the system was rife for abuse: ‘I think something like this can go to serious harm where men can operate as females for all intent and purposes.
‘There is certainly an issue here in terms of females spaces if people can just self-identify a women.
‘I don’t think the public is particularly served by this at all.
‘We have indexes and measurements of certain quotas for employers and if the civil service is a good employer of women. Something like this makes that impossible to measure – how many people are legally men, but now identify as women?’
MailOnline contacted the Cabinet Office asking about this new system and how widespread it was, but had not received a response by the time of publication.
Previously in response to one comment over the new development, the GDS had insisted: ‘This change takes does not conflate sex and gender.
‘We do not require that people share whether they are male or female.
‘However, we recognise that people may not perceive themselves in alignment with the sex they were registered as at birth, and give them the room to express this (gender), based on feedback from staff.
‘They can confirm, deny or refuse to answer the question. Such responses could make us aware that we employ staff who may fall under the protected characteristic of gender reassignment, and ensure that we prevent their discrimination.’
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