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By adding new questions to the 2021 census we can improve our understanding of the Armed Forces community and ensure that politicians, charities and service providers fully meet the needs of our serving personnel, veterans and their families.

Despite an estimated 1 in 10 of the UK population being members of the Armed Forces community, there's very limited information about where they are or what their needs might be.  

With the Office for National Statistics (ONS) already planning what questions will be in the next census, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change this. 

When it comes to protecting our country, we count on them. 

Now it’s time to count them in.

Latest updates

  • December 2018: The Cabinet Office confirms the Government’s intention to recommend to Parliament the inclusion of a question on the Armed Forces Community in the next census in England and Wales
  • September 2018: The National Records of Scotland (NRS) recommend that the Scottish Government included an Armed Forces question in the Scottish census
  • 2017: The ONS pledges support to our campaign

Growing support

We are greatly encouraged by these positive developments, and by the progress being made in recognising the Armed Forces Community in the census in Northern Ireland, although no final decision has yet been made. We now look to a positive announcement from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), and to Parliament’s approval of the content of the 2021 Census later this year.

We would like to thank all those who supported our campaign so far. Keep checking back for updates and get in touch if you’d like to find out how to get involved with the campaign.

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