UK council asking questions about gender for building relief road
Councils consulting on the building of a relief road have asked residents if their birth gender is different from their current sex.
Taxpayers in Stockport, Cheshire East and Manchester City have been asked to fill in a "social inclusion" questionnaire detailing their gender, race, religion and sexual preferences, the Telegraph reported.
One question asks "Is your gender identity the same as the gender you were assigned with at birth?"
The questionnaire has been sent out as part of a consultation into the A6 to Manchester Airport relief road.
Only three of the ten questions on the questionnaire relate to the road, asking for residents' "overall opinion," preferences on location and "other comments."
The other seven questions are related to personal details, including home postcodes, gender, age and disability.
One question asks about "religion and beliefs", while another requests a description of ethnicity and a final question details respondents' sexual orientation.
Jim McMahon, project director for the road, said that the Equality Act required local authorities to monitor the impact of policies on equality groups.