I met up with representatives from the Royal British Legion in Parliament this week to hear about the charity’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign.

Count Me In aims to ensure formal recognition for the armed forces community in the next UK Census in order to improve understanding of their unique needs. 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, including here in Newport East.

Speaking after the launch of the campaign in Parliament, Royal British Legion┬áDirector-General Chris Simpkins said: “As a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By adding questions to the 2021 UK Census, we can help public bodies and charities deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, when and where it is needed most. We thank Jessica for adding her support to our campaign: together I’m confident that we can make the next census count for our Armed Forces community”

For more information on the #CountThemIn campaign, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

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