CHANGES to the census designed to better understand serving and former Armed Services personnel have been welcomed by Solihull council’s leader.
The UK’s Census is conducted every ten years with a questionnaire sent to all households.
The next census will take place next year.
Censuses in the UK have been held each decade since 1801 with the exception of 1941 in wartime.
Data returned by residents informs official government data on population change, ethnicity, religion and a range of occupation and lifestyle matters.
Councillor Ian Courts said: “For the first time in the history of the census, there will be a question on service in the Armed Forces, following a campaign led by The Royal British Legion and PoppyScotland and supported by the council.
“Knowing if people have served will enable us to better support the armed forces community in Solihull, under the banner of our armed forces covenant.”