Government will ask honours nominees for their sexuality, gender and socio-economic background

Government will ask honours nominees for their sexuality, gender and socio-economic background in a drive to ensure recipients are ‘fully representative of UK society‘

The government is to start asking honours nominees for their sexuality, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background.

This move, in which honourees will also be asked if they have a disability, is a bid to make sure recipients are ‘fully representative of UK society‘.

The information gathered, which will be collected from next month, is to be published and will have an impact on awards held in the future.

The initiative, announced by Michael Gove‘s office last week, will also ask honourees where they come from.

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It is hoped that this will ‘asses whether any part of the UK is underrepresented‘,  reports.

Former EastEnders actor Lord Cashman was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013.

The son of a dock worker and cleaner, Lord Cashman said: ‘I don‘t see many from my background who have been as fortunate as me to get an honour.‘

CBEs are awarded to those who have a leading regional role or a prominent national role.

They are are also given for significant contribution to any area.

Other famous recipients include Steven Hawking and Hugh Laurie.

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