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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Census 2021 Counting Armed Forces Veterans

For the first time in the history of the census, there will be a question on armed forces service after a campaign led by The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland.

The government has announced the 2021 census will now include a question to provide information on whether someone has served in HM Armed Forces. 

The census is held every 10 years and gives government and local authorities the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information residents give will help decide how services are planned and funded in your area.

The Royal British Legion, which led the campaign, is at the heart of a national network offering a range of support and services to the armed forces community. The decision to include the question on the 2021 census will provide the Legion, as well as public bodies, local authorities, and other military charities with valuable information to ensure they can best meet the needs of serving personnel, veterans and their families.

It has been estimated that there are 2.4 million veterans currently living in Great Britain who make up part of a wider ex-service community which includes their spouses, partners, dependent children as well as widows and widowers. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including an armed forces question in the next census will 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.