The 2013 Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey Report produced by Defence Statistics (Web Development and Surveys), Ministry of Defence, was released on the 5 September 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Results from the 2010 to 2012 surveys are presented alongside those from 2013 where available. Single Service results are also provided.
The aim of FAMCAS is to assess and monitor the views of spouses and civil partners of Service personnel in key welfare areas, including childcare, deployment, education, employment, healthcare, and housing. The data are used to aid the development and tracking of military personnel policies, informing Defence personnel programmes such as the New Employment Model and the Armed Forces Covenant.
Key Points and Trends
- Service families' levels of satisfaction with the welfare support they receive before, during and after their spouses/civil partners are deployed, have all increased.
- 53% of respondents are not aware of the Armed Forces Covenant. Job security (38%) was the top reason to feel positive about being a Service spouse/partner. Amount of separation (63%) was the highest ranked reason to feel negative.
- 57% of families in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) are satisfied with its condition (29% dissatisfied). The majority (70%) of families live in their preferred type of accommodation; 25% do not live in a privately-owned home but would prefer to. The proportion of families owning their own home is 56% this year, back down to levels reported in 2010 and 2011.
- Dental and GP healthcare services are required by and accessible to the large majority of families. Mental health support is required by just under a quarter of families but not accessible to 43% of these.
- Just over a third of Service families have moved accommodation in the last 12 months. Of these, 7%, 4% and 4% were unable to continue dental, GP and mental health treatment respectively.
- About three quarters of Service families have children. Of these:
- 10% experienced difficulties obtaining a place for their child at the school of their choice (34% no difficulties; 56% N/A).
- 14% experienced difficulties obtaining a place at the childcare facilities of their choice (36% no difficulties; 50% N/A).
- 25% of Service families have children and moved in the last 12 months. Of these, just under a fifth experienced difficulty obtaining a place at the school of their choice.
- 37% of spouses are in full-time employment, a slight decrease from 2012 but still higher than in 2010.
For further information about these statistics, contact Defence Statistics (WDS), Head of Branch:
Telephone: 020 7807 8792
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Release date : 31 July 2014