Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended the Royal British Legion’s Parliamentary event yesterday afternoon (30 January) in Portcullis House to learn about the ‘Count Them In’ campaign.
Estimates suggest there are between 6.5million and 6.7million 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.
The Royal British Legion are calling for a new question to be added to the next census in 2021 concerning membership of the Armed Forces. They argue that inclusion of this topic in 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.
Mr Evennett met with representatives from the Royal British Legion to discuss the campaign further, and commented: “we are all incredibly grateful for the sacrifices and tremendous service members of the Armed Forces give to our country. It was good to hear more about the Count Them In campaign”.
Charles Byrne, Director-General of The Royal British Legion, said: “as a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By including the Armed Forces community in the 2021 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”.