Armed forces Cen­sus boost

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FOR the first time in the his­tory of the Cen­sus, there will be a ques­tion on ser­vice in the Armed Forces fol­low­ing a cam­paign led by The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and Pop­pyscot­land and sup­ported by West Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper.

Rosie Cooper MP is de­lighted that the Gov­ern­ment has re­cently an­nounced the 2021 Cen­sus will now in­clude a ques­tion to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on whether some­one has served in HM Armed Forces.

The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, which led the cam­paign, is at the heart of a na­tional net­work of­fer­ing a range of sup­port and ser­vices to the Armed Forces com­mu­nity.

The de­ci­sion to in­clude the ques­tion on the 2021 cen­sus will pro­vide the Le­gion, as well as public bod­ies, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and other mil­i­tary char­i­ties with valu­able in­for­ma­tion to en­sure they can best meet the needs of serv­ing per­son­nel, vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

It has been es­ti­mated that there are 2.4 mil­lion vet­er­ans cur­rently liv­ing in Great Bri­tain who make up part of a wider ex-Ser­vice com­mu­nity which in­cludes their spouses, part­ners, de­pen­dent chil­dren and widow(er)s.

How­ever, lit­tle is cur­rently known about the ex­act num­bers, lo­ca­tion and needs of this sig­nif­i­cant group.

In­clud­ing an Armed Forces ques­tion in the next cen­sus would pro­vide public bod­ies, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and char­i­ties with valu­able in­for­ma­tion to en­sure they are able to de­liver the best ser­vices they can for our Armed Forces com­mu­nity.

West Lan­cashire MP

Rosie

Cooper com­mented: “Hav­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the pro­file and needs of vet­er­ans is a key part of mak­ing sure our public ser­vices are tai­lored for our armed forces com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing our ex-Ser­vice­men and women here in West Lan­cashire.

“I wel­come this his­toric change to the 2021 Cen­sus to in­clude a ques­tion on the Armed Forces and thank the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion for their ef­forts.”

Charles Byrne, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, said: “This is an ex­tremely proud mo­ment for the Le­gion.

“Af­ter lead­ing a suc­cess­ful cam­paign, the fact that a mil­i­tary ques­tion will be in the 2021 Cen­sus will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove our un­der­stand­ing of the Armed Forces com­mu­nity which up un­til now has been very lim­ited.

“It will en­sure that we, along with other char­i­ties and ser­vice providers, can de­liver the best ser­vice pos­si­ble to them when and where it is needed most.

“This is some­thing we have been striv­ing to­wards for many years.

“We are de­lighted and are ex­tremely grate­ful to every­one who has sup­ported the cam­paign and helped us to achieve this his­tor­i­cal suc­cess”

Con­stituents can find out more about the cam­paign by vis­it­ing the cam­paign web­site, www.rbl.org. uk/cam­paigns, or by post­ing their own pledge of sup­port on so­cial me­dia us­ing the #Coun­tThemIn hash­tag.

‘Count Them In’ is part of The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s on­go­ing cam­paign work to help cham­pion the in­ter­ests, wel­fare, and con­tri­bu­tions of the Armed Forces Com­mu­nity.

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West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper

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