Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has declared his support for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census.
Justin met with representatives of The Royal British Legion and veterans to discuss the campaign in Parliament and said:
“It was a pleasure to meet with members of the Armed Forces community and staff from The Royal British Legion to hear about their Count Them In campaign.
“It is estimated that there are about 6.5 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, however, little is 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.
“I was disappointed to learn that we currently know more about the UK’s Jedi community than we do about our Armed Forces. It cannot be right that our servicemen and women, veterans and their families, who make huge sacrifices in the service of our country, are effectively hidden from official statistics.
“That’s why I’m backing the call for new questions to be added to the next UK Census. We count on them – let’s count them in.”
Find out more about the campaign by visiting: www.britishlegion.org.uk/census