Wednesday 21st October 2020

As part of accommodation month, we are inviting you to have your say about the service family accommodation recommendations made by Andrew Selous in his ‘Living in our shoes’ report.

Living in our Shoes

In January 2019, the then Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, commissioned Andrew Selous MP to conduct an independent review to consider the diverse needs of Service families, assess whether the current support offer is meeting these needs, and make recommendations accordingly. 

The “Living in our Shoes” report was published in July 2020. In the report, also known as the Selous Report, a number of recommendations were made specifically regarding military family accommodation.

  • Remedial maintenance and high quality repairs are carried out swiftly and efficiently, and continued preventative maintenances is ongoing. 
  • The Amey call centre is better equipped to respond to calls from Service families and that staff understand the challenges of military life. 
  • The Ministry of Defence to provide every family with the fullest information possible about the houses available so that better informed choices can be made regarding facilities and location, and ensure that non-serving partners are fully aware of the process which enables them to apply for housing. 
  • The Ministry of Defence to allow families to organise for urgent repairs to be undertaken by approved local contractors if Amey fails to respond quickly and appropriately (for example, when ovens have broken or heating systems have failed). 

What do you think about the recommendations made in the Selous report?

We would really like to hear your thoughts on the recommendations made; do you agree with the recommendations? Is there anything missing that you think would make life in military accommodation better?

Please let us know your thoughts by emailing us at: [email protected]

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