The Secretary of State for Defence has asked Andrew Selous MP to produce an independent report to Government to see what more support can be offered to Service families.
The report will analyse the different experiences of Service family members, focussing on:
- Spouses and civil partners
- Long term partners
- Children and dependents
The report team would like to hear from serving personnel and their families and from those who have recently left the armed services, as well as from providers of services to Armed Forces families in the statutory, voluntary and charity sectors.
The report team would like to receive evidence in respect of the following areas, but would also welcome evidence in any other areas of concern:
- Accommodation and home ownership
- Deployment lengths and frequencies
- Children’s education
- Health services
- Employment of non-serving members of the Armed Forces community
- Pressures on service couple and family relationships
- Transition to civilian life for the whole family
- Numbers of house moves
The report team is keen to hear what is working well in addition to what needs to be improved.
Submissions/comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of March. ‘Independent Report on Service Families’ should be included in the Subject line of the email.
The review will seek the first-hand experiences of military families. All families and their data will remain anonymous and no-one will be personally identified in any report. The review team will not retain any data after the report has been published. All discussions will be completely confidential and the information received will never be shared with anyone else.
** Edit: The consultation period has ended on 15th March. **
We were delighted to host Andrew Selous MP and Prof Jan Walker, lead of his research team, at our offices in HMS Excellent on 4th April 2019. We were joined by over a dozen of serving personnel and Service spouses/partners. Read the news story here.
If you have missed the opportunity to submit evidence, please do contact us, as we would like to hear from you. The NFF exists to give all serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families the opportunity to have their views heard by those in positions of power, and we can challenge policy on your behalf.