Derby City Council is backing the British Legion Count Them In campaign, which calls for questions relating to the Armed Forces community to be included in the 2021 census.

At the last Council meeting, the motion was unanimously passed in support of the important cause.

Councillor Paul Bayliss, who tabled the motion to support the campaign, said:

“With an estimated 1 in 10 of the UK population being part of the Armed Forces Community, we believe there is a real need to gather more information about the areas in which they live and what their specific needs may be.

We owe an immeasurable debt to those who serve and their families, so to enable public services to give a little back is hugely important. Granting local authorities and other public sector organisations access to limited information about serving regular and reserve personnel, veterans and their families would mean we are better able to support the Armed Forces Community and tailor our services to their specific needs.” 

We have been committed to the Armed Forces Community Covenant since 2012, when support was pledged at the homecoming parade of the Mercian regiment. As part of the Covenant we have worked with housing associations, NHS bodies, local education providers, community groups and businesses to ensure members of the Armed Forces community do not experience disadvantage as a result of their service.

Being able to identify serving personnel, veterans and their families will allow us to take more positive steps to meet the needs of the Armed Forces community in Derby.

More information on the British Legion campaign can be found on the British Legion website.