Assembly Member for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies has declared his 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. Yet little is known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, and charities with information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces Community.
Huw met with representatives of The Royal British Legion and RAF veteran Andy Davies to discuss the campaign at the Welsh Assembly and said: “Adding questions to the UK Census about the Armed Forces Community will help raise awareness of this much valued group. It is essential that the members are aware of the full care and support packages available and that the relevant authorities are able to target these packages directly to them. It will also go some way to show appreciation of our Armed Forces to whom we owe so much.”
Chris Simpkins, Director-General of The Royal British Legion, comments: “As a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country, and by adding questions to the 2021 UK Census we can help public bodies and charities to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community where they are needed most. We thank Huw for adding their support to our campaign and it’s time to make the next census count for our Armed Forces Community. We count on them, let’s Count them in.”
People can show their support for the campaign by visiting the campaign website, www.britishlegion.org.uk/census, or by posting on social media using the #CountThemIn hashtag.