Herefordshire Council pledges to Count Armed Forces Community In

Herefordshire Council has declared its support for The Royal British Legion’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census.

It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including new questions on 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.

Councillor Harlow, cabinet member economy and corporate, said “It is disappointing that we currently know more about the UK’s Jedi community than we do about those who have served their country. It cannot be right that our Servicemen and women, veterans and their families are effectively hidden from official statistics, and that’s why Herefordshire Council are only too happy to back the call for new questions to be added to the next UK Census. We count on them – let’s count them in.”
Posted : 02/08/2016 18:15:22