Uk News Gender recognition certificate cost cut from £140 to £5 to make the process more affordable United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the fee reduction is a 'missed opportunity to simplify the law on gender recognition'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The fee to apply for a gender recognition certificate has been reduced to £5, the Government has confirmed.From Tuesday, the fee for a person to update the legal gender on their birth certificate will be reduced from £140 to £5, in an attempt to make the process more affordable for transgender people, after a pledge by equalities minister Liz Truss. While the Government shelved wider reforms despite a public consultation finding strong support, Ms Truss committed in September last year to making the application for a gender recognition certificate “kinder and more straightforward”.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Announcing the new fee, Ms Truss said: “As we build back better, we want transgender people to be free to live and to prosper in modern Britain.“In the National LGBT Survey, 34 per cent of transgender people told us that the cost of applying for a certificate was holding them back from doing so.“Today we have removed that barrier, and I am proud that we have made the process of getting a certificate fairer, simpler and much more affordable.” Read More Controversial group who claimed ‘lesbians are becoming extinct’ due to trans awareness given charity status To make the application process easier, it will also set to be moved online, with extra details due to be announced by the Government in due course.Previously speaking to i, pro-bono and legal strategy co-ordinator for trans youth support charity Mermaids, Alex Woolhouse, said most transgender people still won’t qualify for the certificate.Ms Woolhouse said: “Alongside the legal and medical costs, the highest proportion of trans people in the UK are non binary, and there is still no way for non binary people to have their gender recognised in the UK.“Obviously it’s great that it will be less than £10 to apply, that’s way less than it was before.
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.”Under the existing Gender Recognition Act (GRA), a transgender person has to undergo a two-year waiting period, a review or appearance before a specialist panel, as well as paying £140 before being able to change their gender legally.Many LGBT+ campaigners believe the current system is not fit for purpose, and have called for it to be replaced with a simpler statutory declaration and self-identification. Read More ‘I was lucky to work in a fast food restaurant so I could still eat’: Homelessness when you’re young and LGBT+ Eloise Stonborough, associate director of policy & research at LGBT charity Stonewall, said the reduced fee was a “small step in the right direction” but added the existence of the fee was a “barrier for some trans people”.She added: “It’s also important that the UK Government sets out a clear timeline of the further changes to streamline the application process, and move it online.“All trans people deserve to be respected for who they are. Westminster’s failure to introduced a streamlined and de-medicalised gender recognition system based on self-determination, which includes non-binary people, continues to be a hurdle in progressing LGBT+ equality across the UK.”Following a public consultation, Ms Truss announced in September that the Government had rejected calls for people to be able to self-identify their gender and change their birth certificates without a medical diagnosis.Instead, the minister said that the cost of applying for a gender recognition certificate would be reduced to a “nominal amount” and that the process would be moved online.But the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) called it a “missed opportunity to simplify the law on gender recognition”, while the LGBT Foundation said it was “incredibly disappointed”.
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