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Next Census Will Collect Veterans’ Information For First Time

The data collected will be used to support the Armed Forces Covenant, ensuring specific public services can be implemented. Support The next census will collect information on Armed Forces’ veterans for the first time, it has been announced. Details about how the 2021 census will be run have been set out in a white paper on Friday. A new question will be introduced in the digital-first census with the aim to identify those people, aged 16 and over, who are serving or have ever served in the military. The data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be used to support the Armed Forces Covenant, ensuring specific public services can be implemented where they are needed. Democratic National Statistician John Pullinger, said: “‘The Census is for everyone; it gives us all the opportunity to stand up and be counted in democratic debate and policy decisions. “We have designed it with people at its heart and we consulted widely to ensure it meets the needs of society. “Unlike previous Censuses, it will be digital first which will make it easier to complete electronically, with help available for those who need it.” The date for the next census has been confirmed as 21 March 2021, subject to parliamentary approval. A census rehearsal will be held in October 2019 and the ONS is currently reviewing which local authority areas will be included.

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Galanos House Rides Out

100 years ago, 11-11-1918, the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. The Royal British Legion Care Home, Galanos House, community; including veterans, residents, staff, relatives and supporters have come up with a unique way to say “Thank You”. Unique At the end of October, Friday 26th – Sunday 28th, they will be aiming to complete a distance of 270 miles; equivalent to riding from Southam to the Armistice Glade, Compeigne, France, where the Armistice was signed nearly 100 years ago. Using state-of-the art static recumbent bikes, (Donated by RBL St James’s Branch), Galanos House will be a hive of pedal power to cover the distance. “The Galanos House Armistice Ride” will raise funds for the care home’s Amenities Fund, which provides the residents with opportunities (trips, entertainment, personal care support) to further enhance their lives at this multi-award winning RBL Care Home. For further details on how you can support/sponsor or take part in this exciting event, please email  newseditor@rbl-stjames.org.uk or contact Galanos House directly on 01926 812185  Event Information page  

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