Government urged to improve support for Service families

Living in our Shoes, an independent report which urges the government to improve support for Service families, was launched yesterday.

The Families Federations supported the launch. AFF Chief Executive, Collette Musgrave, said: “We very much welcome the fact that families are heard in this report, they have really been listened to and that’s the particular strength here – that it shows a sensitivity and an understanding of the many different facets of Service family life.”

The recommendations in the report are the result of an independent review commissioned by the MOD and led by Andrew Selous MP to consider the needs of currently Serving personnel and their families, and to assess whether the current offer is meeting those needs. AFF will be working alongside other service charities to ensure that report’s recommendations are addressed in future work on the Defence Families’ Strategy.

The Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, spoke at the event, alongside Andrew Selous MP, Professor Janet Walker OBE, who led the research, and Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, which supported the research.

The Families Federations’ employment and training platform, Forces Families Jobs, features in the list of more than 100 evidence-based recommendations for change outlined in the report. 

Read the report summary and the full report Living in our Shoes.


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