Local MP Steve McCabe has joined campaigners declaring their support for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which is calling 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.
Steve recently met with representatives of The Royal British Legion and veterans David and Bill to discuss the campaign.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“It was a pleasure to meet with members of the Armed Forces community who, along with their families, make huge sacrifices in the service of our country.
“We currently know more about the UK’s Jedi community than we do about our Armed Forces. It cannot be right that our Servicemen and women, veterans and their families are effectively hidden from official statistics, and that’s why I’m backing the call for new questions to be added to the next UK Census.”
For more information about the campaign please visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/census