Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council obtain cross-party support for the Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland Count Them In campaign.
The campaign calls for additional questions to be included in the next Census in 2021 which will capture much-needed data on the Armed Forces Community – particularly Reservists and Veterans – who are otherwise largely hidden from official statistics.
This information will help local authorities, charities and statutory bodies to more accurately identify areas where service life presents a disadvantage, which will in turn enable the Government, councils and the NHS to better allocate resources and deliver on their Armed Forces Covenant commitments.
Conservative Group Lead on Armed Forces Issues and member of the Brighton & Hove Civil Military Partnership Board, Cllr. Ann Norman, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get cross party agreement to support this campaign. I brought it forward, having been approached by the Royal British Legion, because I agree with their assessment that there is a glaring gap in knowledge about this often hidden community and the problems they face. It is really not right that we have more information about Jedi Knight followers in the UK than we do about the Armed Forces Community. The more councils that sign up to support this campaign the more likelihood we have of succeeding in getting these vitally important questions onto the 2021 Census return.”
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