Army Welfare Service: Finance

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3rd February 2022.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the annual budget of the Army welfare service for each year since 2010.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the total number of staff of the Army welfare service for each year since 2010.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the number of request for support received by the Army welfare service in each year since 2010.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army welfare service support personnel have undertaken specialist training on domestic abuse in each year since 2010.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) is delivered as part of wider welfare support provision across the Army. It provides second line welfare support through a confidential service, to the Army and its families, delivered by a mix of military and civilian specialist welfare workers who are led by civilian registered social workers. First line welfare support is provided at Unit level by the Chain of Command, Unit Welfare Officers, administrative staff, medical staff and pastoral support. The WRVS is also available at some locations.

The AWS is not allocated a separate annual budget. It sits within the Army’s Regional Command budget area. However, AWS expenditure incurred for the period financial year (FY) 2010-11 to FY2020-21 is held and is provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: AWS expenditure FY 2010-11 to FY 2021-21

FY

Expenditure

2010-11

£19,116k

2011-12

£18,890k

2012-13

£17,362k

2013-14

£16,641k

2014-15

£15,932k

2015-16

£16,532k

2016-17

£16,884k

2017-18

£17,260k

2018-19

£16,184k

2019-20

£15,842k

2020-21

£15,326k

Information about the number of staff employed by the AWS is only held for 2012 onwards and is shown in the Table 2 below.

Table 2: AWS staff employed in each calendar year since 2012. This includes all AWS staff, not just caseworkers, such as business support staff.

Calendar Year

Number

2012

357

2013

347

2014

232

2015

317

2016

231

2017

231

2018

306

2019

263

2020

264

2021

263

Information about the number of referrals to the AWS is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 3 below. Prior to this, there was no digital casework management system in place and the collation of statistics from paper records would be both time consuming and unreliable.

Table 3: Referrals to AWS for the period 2016 – 2021.

Calendar Year

Number of referrals to AWS

2016

2,726

2017

2,712

2018

2,669

2019

2,951

2020

2,732

2021

3,590

All AWS Personal Support Workers are either qualified Social Workers or graduates of the seven-month Defence Specialist Welfare Worker Course which was comprehensively updated in 2016. Additionally, since 2018 it has been mandated as part of their post qualifying development, they must undertake the AWS run MOD Domestic Violence Informed Practice (DVIP) Course, within six months of qualifying as Army Welfare Workers. Those who qualified before 2018 have also undertaken the DVIP Course. Information about the number of AWS staff who have undertaken specialist domestic abuse training is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 4 below:

Table 4: Number of AWS staff who have completed the MOD DVIP Course since 2016.

Years

Number DVIP Trained

2016-2018

90

2019-20

163

2021

44

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