Living arrangements of UK armed forces veterans, England and Wales, Census 2021

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Living arrangements of UK armed forces veterans, England and Wales, Census 2021

16 June 2023

Census 2021 captures information about the UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales for the first time in census history. Today we release data about the types of homes and communal establishments veterans lived in and who with, on census day. This insight helps deliver promises made through the Armed Forces Covenant.

This article builds on the high-level Census 2021 estimates for UK Armed Forces veterans published on 10 November 2022, and Characteristics of UK armed forces veterans, England and Wales: Census 2021 published in February 2023.

Understanding the UK armed forces veterans is important for government, local authorities, the NHS and organisations in the voluntary sector that provide services for veterans.

Today’s publication shows numbers and percentages of UK armed forces veterans by the types of accommodation they were recorded in on census day and how that compares to non-veterans, including:

  • whether they lived in communal establishments or households
  • the type of communal establishment (care homes, prisons, probation and detention premises, hostels and shelters for the homeless)
  • the type of household and whether they owned or rented their homes
  • whether they lived in households that were either overcrowded, not self-contained or did not have central heating (household deprivation indicator)

These data show the demographic information about the household composition of UK armed force veterans, including spouses, partners and children or stepchildren living in the same home. The article explores how these data compare to that of non-veterans.

Further information on the health of UK armed forces veterans as well as more detailed information on topics such as employment will follow in releases throughout 2023 and beyond.  

The data are provided as downloadable excel spreadsheets on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.

Read the article

Rich Pereira

Rich Pereira is head of Demography. You can follow Rich on Twitter for the latest in population statistics news: @RichPereira_ONS.

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