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Call for Evidence: Independent Report on Service Families

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. Andrew previously served in the Honourable Artillery Company and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

In their call for evidence, 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:

1. Accommodation and home ownership
2. Deployment lengths and frequencies
3. Children’s education
4. Health services
5. Employment of non-serving members of the Armed Forces community
6. Pressures on service couple and family relationships
7. Transition to civilian life for the whole family

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 andrew.selous.mp@parliament.uk by Friday 15 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.