Latest Public Sector News

28.06.19

Ministry of Defence risking costly loss of vital skills over poor housing

The Ministry of Defence has missed its targets over military housing and acknowledges there now exists a real risk of losing experienced and skilled personnel over sub-standard housing.

According to the June 2019 House of Commons report, the MoD is not optimistic the situation will improve much in the foreseeable future either, creating a real risk of undermining efforts to recruit and retain armed forces personnel, many of whom have specialised skills which are in short supply.

Planned reforms to improve the accommodations options available aren’t expected to be implemented nationally until 2022 at the earliest.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

The MoD’s Future Accommodation Model has seen its pilot programmes delayed repeatedly, with two of the three not beginning until next year. Maintenance contracts need re-tendered too, while the ministry also has to continue to manage the renegotiations of rent for service family homes leased from Annington Property Ltd.

The renegotiations with Annington Property is a significant task, given the disastrous 1996 deal that saw the selling and leasing back of assets from the MoD’s married quarters estate – a deal that is estimated to have left the taxpayer £2.2bn and £4.2bn worse off.

The relationship is said to be more constructive between the respective parties in the last year, and ahead of the negotiating process beginning in earnest in October the MoD has said it will look to “play its hand skilfully and aggressively”.

 iStock-1076685746

It also recognises that it must look to raise levels of satisfaction with housing among service families, which remain too low.

According to the MoD, 95% of its housing now meets the nationally-recognised Decent Homes Plus standard. In 2018-19, it spent £135m refurbishing 3,500 homes.

Despite this, a department survey showed overall satisfaction with housing only rose slightly to 64% last year and the ministry was forced to pay £109,000 in compensation for poor service.

Continuous improvement in service families’ satisfaction with their accommodation must remain a goal of the organisation and should be worked into new contracts and be linked to contractor performance and incentives, according to the report.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14/11/2019Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the rol... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >