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Friday, 9 August 2019

FamCAS 2019 survey results

FamCAS 2019: Forces families have their say

FamCAS seeks the views of Armed Forces families so that Defence can review its policies to ensure Service families are not disadvantaged when compared to the rest of the population.

FamCAS data has previously influenced, and will continue to influence, policy in areas including:
• The Armed Forces Covenant • The Armed Forces People Programme • Community Support policies • Welfare policies

This year over 6,500 spouses or civil partners of Regular Personnel completed FamCAS, a response rate of 25% (from the sample of 26,571 invited to take part).

Further information about the findings from this year's FamCAS can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tri-service-families-continuous-attitude-survey-index

Key points include:
* Of those living in Service Accommodation, Service families are generally satisfied with the overall standard (57%) and value for money of Service Accommodation. There has been an increase in satisfaction with the quality and response to requests maintenance/repairs since 2018.
* Employment among Service spouses remains comparable with the UK employment rate. Those who experienced difficulty finding suitable employment report having a spouse who was often away and having a partner unable to assist with care responsibilities are the most commonly cited reasons for difficulty.
* Families are generally more satisfied with early years childcare than childcare for school aged children when it comes to quality, accessibility/availability and opening hours.
* Though the number of Service families reporting that they do not feel valued is fewer than in 2017, only 15% of Service Spouses report feeling valued. Service spouses continue to feel that Service family life has a negative effect on their career, the amount of separation from their spouse and on their children.

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