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Sefton Council backs Royal British Legion’s campaign to get veterans on the census

The Council is delighted that the Government has announced the 2021 census will now include a question on whether someone has served in the Armed Forces.

For the first time in the history of the census, it will now include a question on previous service in HM Armed Forces, providing a detailed snapshot of the number, profile and potential needs of military veterans living in England and Wales.

It has been estimated that there are 2.4m veterans currently living in the UK, who make up part of a wider ex-service community which includes their spouses, partners, dependent children and widow(er)s. 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 would provide public bodies, charities and local authorities such as Sefton Council with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, whether they are still serving, veterans, and their family members.

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.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “I’m delighted that the 2021 census will now include this vitally important question and will significantly improve our understanding of the Armed Forces in our local community.

“As a council will be able to use this new information to help shape our services, ensuring that we can deliver the best possible service to servicemen and women when its needed.

“We are also delighted and are extremely grateful to have supported The Royal British Legion who have campaign to make this happen.”