The People Survey is the closest thing we have to a census. That’s why it’s important to complete.

Each year, the Civil Service conducts a survey of all staff – the People Survey (CSPS). It’s open to all civil servants – around 420,000 people – and it’s a unique opportunity to have your say.

Government isn’t one thing; it’s a collection of about 350 different things. Government spans 24 central departments, and over 300 agencies and arm’s length bodies. Most of these run their own HR systems – none of them talk to each other.

That means there’s no single source of the truth for people data.

The People Survey is the closest thing we have to a census.

That’s why it’s important for you to complete it and declare your sexual orientation. By declaring, you’re giving us the information we need to highlight issues affecting LGB* people in government.

Using CSPS data, we can estimate 20,000 people in government are LGB*. It’s told us that LGB* people aren’t having as good an experience as their straight colleagues. Now that we have that data, we need to be able to measure progress and hold the rest of the Civil Service to account.

How to complete the survey

Check your department’s intranet for a link to the online survey.

You’ll need a code to complete the survey – it’s unique to your area of your department, so make sure you use the right one.


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