British Forces Resettlement Services pledges to Count Armed Forces Community In

Date: Wednesday September 7, 2016 at 11:40am

British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) has declared its 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. 

It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently 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 community.  

Harry Dean CEO from BFRS said of the campaign: “I am delighted to announce that BFRS has added its support to The Royal British Legion and PoppyScotland’s Count Them In campaign. It cannot be right that we currently know more about the UK’s Jedi population than we do about members of the Armed Forces community who, along with their families, make huge sacrifices in the service of our country.”  

At present, our Servicemen and women, veterans and their families are effectively hidden from official statistics, making it difficult for us as a nation to fully understand and meet their needs. That’s why BFRS is proud to back the call for new questions to be added to the next UK Census. We count on them – let’s count them in.”    

Charles Byrne, Director-General of The Royal British Legion, said: “As a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By adding questions to the 2021 UK Census, we can help public bodies and charities deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, when and where it is needed most. We thank British Forces Resettlement Services for adding their support to our campaign: together I’m confident that we can make the next census count for our Armed Forces community”

Supporters can find out more about the campaign by visiting the campaign website,, or by posting their own pledge of support on social media using the #CountThemIn hashtag. ​