Armed Forces: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5th March 2018.

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Photo of Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Future Accommodation Model survey, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level survey’s response rate on the efficacy of the survey’s results and conclusions.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Survey was conducted in 2016 to gauge the views of serving Armed Forces personnel on current accommodation provision and proposed options under FAM.

The Survey was open to approximately 137,000 personnel. The response rate was 18%, based on 24,302 valid responses. Full details of the methodology used in the FAM survey can be found at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-future-accommodation-model-survey-2016.

Response rates tended to be lower among the more junior ranks, which means these groups are under-represented within the data. To compensate for this non-response bias, FAM Survey results were weighted by Service, Rank and Marital Status as the key variables affecting both responses rates and views on FAM.

The results are now being considered alongside qualitative data, collected from focus groups and workshops, and quantitative data from other surveys.

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