Gemma Doyle MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, in response to the publication of the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2012, said:
“We welcome the publication of this report and any increased support for our Forces.
“Coming the day after the further cuts to defence, our Forces will feel uncertain when reassurances were required.
“Decisions over basing and wider government support have been delayed, causing families huge concern for the future.
“Housing is one of the main concerns for forces’ families worries and the comments show that this continues to be an issue.
“Labour’s calls for an extension of the service premium have been answered, but more must now be done to support service leavers’ transition from military to civilian life, including through tracking and employment support.”
- “We remain deeply concerned at the cumulative effect of the impact of the pay freeze for many, allowances cuts, including significant and sudden reductions in overseas allowances that have been imposed on families’ mid-tour, and changes to pensions indexing.”
Naval Families Federation, Army Families Federation and RAF Families Federation, The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2012, p.11
- “there are some hot spots where substitute accommodation is rented from the private sector resulting in families being separated from the main living areas and increased costs for the MOD.”
The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2012, p.43
- “Housing continues to be the most-reported issue to all three Federations and dominates our workload, despite varying levels of occupation across the three Services.,, the availability of SFA in some areas is insufficient and rebasing is likely to increase the problem unless more funding is made available. While we acknowledge the “additional” funding that has been returned to the housing budget for critical maintenance and repair, we continue to be disappointed by the 3-year “pause” in funding for SFA upgrades and feel that higher priority must be given to maintaining and enhancing the quality of Service-provided accommodation.”
Naval Families Federation, Army Families Federation and RAF Families Federation, The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2012, p.12
- “our aim has been to have 70% of trained personnel in the highest standard of accommodation and 30% in the second highest standard, with all trainees accommodated at the highest grade, by 2020. However, this aspiration is dependent on funding and is unfunded at present.”
The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2012, p.22