We’re backing the Royal British Legion’s call to use the next census to find out the number of servicemen and women in H&F and the rest of the UK.
If the charity’s Count Them In campaign succeeds, the data would help councils like us, charities, central government, community groups and other organisations meet the needs of serving personnel, veterans and their families.
“Whether it’s heroism shown in conflicts abroad or standing against the terror threat at home, we have a lot of reasons to be grateful to our armed forces,” said Cllr Alan De’Ath, H&F’s representative for the armed forces.
“We’re fully behind the Royal British Legion’s campaign. An accurate number of the members of the armed forces in H&F would help us in the work we do to support them and their families.”
H&F Council leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, is writing to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence in support of the campaign.
The nationwide census is held every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics. If adopted, the question about membership of the armed forces would be included in the next census planned for 2021. The set of questions will be finalised in 2019.
You can find out more about the Count Them In campaign and how to get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join together to remember the sacrifices of our armed forces at services across H&F
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