Evidence given to the Committee showed that Armed Forces personnel and their families valued accommodation very highly and saw it as part of their terms and conditions of employment and as promoting unit cohesion and support for families when personnel were deployed on operations. The provision of accommodation was particularly important for those who were required to be mobile; it was the only option allowing families to live together. It is also clear that for many personnel, Service Families Accommodation is the only affordable housing solution. Indeed, the Families Federation said that inquiries and complaints about accommodation account for more than half of the regular communications they receive. So when the Committee considered the MoD's decision to halt upgrade work on accommodation for the next three years, they saw it as damaging to the Covenant and recommended that the MoD look again urgently at the stoppage, which, in any case, could well be a false economy. In early 2012, the MoD began work on the New Employment Model, looking at how Armed Forces personnel are employed. One element of this is the Future Accommodation. The Committee recommends that this project should be sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of the three individual Services by allowing sufficient variation to meet their differing needs. They should also take account of the needs of personnel at different stages in their lives and careers. Given the fragility of morale we recommend that the MoD should use a more effective communications strategy to keep Service families in the pictureNAO OBSERVATIONS aamp; RECOMMENDATIONS In March 2009 the NAO published their detailed review of Service Family ... In 2011 we were shortlisted for five regional and two national customer service awards; judged by external industryanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 2: Accommodation|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Defence Committee, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2012-06-26|