Rishi Sunak Constituency Among Areas With Highest Veteran Population, New Data Shows | United Kingdom | New

Rishi Sunak Constituency County is among the areas with the highest proportion of veterans, groundbreaking new census data has revealed. In Richmond, North Yorkshire, 9.5% of the population have previously served in the armed forces.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) – which campaigned for the question to be included in the 2021 census – said it was “one of the most significant successes” the charity has had over the course of of its 101 years of history.

He hopes the statistics will help better support those who have come out of the military.

The prime minister is believed to have spoken often with the armed forces community in his constituency, which contains Catterick’s army garrison.

RBL hopes the data will allow the government to better meet the needs of veterans — support that many have been asking for years to be improved.

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Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning show that more than 1.8million veterans live in England and Wales – the highest proportion of which reside in the South West.

This means almost one in 25 people aged 16 or over in England and Wales was a veteran last year. The vast majority – 1.4 million – had served in the regular armed forces, rather than being reservists.

The local authority in Mr Sunak’s constituency ranked third in terms of the proportion of veterans it contains – after Gosport, in which 12.5% ​​of the population are ex-servicemen, and North Kesteven with 10.2%.

By contrast, London had the lowest proportion of veterans of the British Armed Forces, with just 1.4% of the capital’s population having spent time in the military.

Charles Byrne, chief executive of RBL, commented that his Count Them In campaign – which saw the question added to the census, was “one of the most significant successes in the Legion’s 101-year history.

“This data will transform our understanding of the veteran population and enable public and voluntary service providers to provide the best care and support to our Armed Forces community, where it is needed most.”

The release of the figures comes on the eve of Armistice Day, when the nation will mark the ultimate sacrifice of all those who sacrificed their lives for Britain’s protection with a two-minute silence.

Mr Byrne added: ‘It will surprise many people to hear that until today no one knew exactly how many veterans there were in England and Wales, or where they lived.

“Although many of us have never knowingly met anyone who has served, we nevertheless pause at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate, remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community, past and gift.”

RBL and other armed forces charities have long provided support for British veterans, but the government is being called on to do more for those who have been sent to fight on its behalf.

Last weekend, Paul Minter, a former British Army staff sergeant – who has completed five tours of the Middle East – called a meeting with the new Prime Minister to demand better support in mental health issues for those leaving the military. Downing Street did not respond to the request.

With Remembrance Sunday on the horizon – and many politicians wearing poppies on their lapels – he said the government “must do more” for military personnel, adding: “If they are going to support it, then they should support him 100%. – and not just when it suits them.

Major Tim Peake – who went from the British Army to an astronaut on the International Space Station – will remember Jack Mortimer, a Second World War veteran who turned 99 last month and, aged just 20 , drove a jeep carrying ammunition onto Sword Beach as part of the D-Day landings.

Major Peake will pay tribute to “every member of the armed forces community who served and sacrificed to protect our way of life, even though they never met us.”