The Census is taking place in March 2021

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This is the first Census that will include the questions relating to military service, which will collect data on who are veterans from the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation that those who serve and have served, and their families should be treated fairly. 
 
The government, local authorities, the wider public sector, charities, commercial organisations, and civil society all have a role in supporting the Armed Forces community. This includes support to veterans regarding employment, healthcare, housing, education, and financial services. See www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk 

Being Forces friendly ref Census 2021 podcast for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces for 1 day to 22 years  those on the panel and hosting were

  • Hosted by Neil ‘Jacko’ Jackson (Director DRM). https://www.linkedin.com/in/neil-jacko-jackson-ma-fcmi-49b7191b/
  • Office for Veteran Affairs  (Representative: Damien Paterson (Deputy Director)
  • Cobseo Representative: Gen Sir John McColl (Chairman, Cobseo)
  • ONS Representative: Kerryanne (Census Engagement Manager – Veteran)

The episode is now live and can be found here: – 

On Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/beingforcesfriendly/episode-11-the-veteran-question  (just click on this link on your phone or computer and listen)

This podcast discusses the issue of veterans taking part in Census 2021, for both male & female veterans, veterans can be a person who served one day in the Armed Forces or 22 years. The discussion outlines the vital importance of ex forces personnel taking part in the Census 2021 which is the first ever Census to ask a question about service in the Armed Forces. The data it gathers will give organisations like these and HM Government the best data map of veterans across England and Wales, and enable service provisions in terms of health, employment, benefits, and support. The county of Witshire has a large serving and ex services community, and it is vital that veterans identify as such in the Census 2021, all data gathered by the Census is anonymised and personal details are released after 100 years. The mapping of and provision of those who have served in this Census is the largest ever data gathering of data regarding this community, and this data informs planning and provision of services at the national scale. For veterans to be recognized and supported it is vital to complete your Census.