Labour councillors call for census recognition of armed forces

Labour councillors are calling on Barnet Council to lobby the Government to ensure members of the armed forces are recognised in the next census in a motion to the forthcoming full council meeting on Tuesday 1 November.

The motion from Cllr Arjun Mittra highlights the Royal British Legion’s campaign ‘Count Them In’ to include a new topic in the 2021 census that concerns military service and membership of the Armed Forces community.

At the moment there is an absence of information on the size or demographics of the Armed Forces community in Barnet. The data would help the Council and other partner organisations to provide services that address the unique needs of the Armed Forces community in the borough.

East Finchley councillor, Arjun Mittra said "At a recent community engagement event at Copthall hosted by the London Division of the army, a presentation by officers really brought home how local our servicemen and women are, and that without an accurate census we could well be making decisions that might negatively impact on them."

Labour Group deputy leader Cllr Ross Houston agreed, saying “Barnet Labour Party are always proud to be able to demonstrate our support for those who serve in our armed services. As well as doing so by supporting Armed Forces Day and Remembrance Sunday services it is important to do so in practical ways such as supporting the ‘Count Them In’ campaign through this motion."

Fellow East Finchley Councillor Alison Moore also added that "We owe our servicemen and women such a debt of gratitude for all they do for us. This is the morally right thing to do."

Ends.

Notes:

1. Link to Cllr Mittra’s motion: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s35537/Opposition%20Motion%20in%20the%20name%20of%20Cllr%20Arjun%20Mittra%20-%20Royal%20British%20Legion%20Count%20Them%20In%20Campaign%20.pdf

2. Link to the Royal British Legion ‘Count them in’ campaign: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/count-them-in/  

For more information contact Cllr Arjun Mittra: cllr.a.mittra@barnet.gov.uk
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568
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