Thursday 26 July 2018 / 9:40 AM Defence / Nia Griffith

Nia Griffith responds to Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey Results

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to today’s Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey Results, said:

“We know that impact on families is a big push factor for those leaving the Armed Forces. In the context of a retention crisis, it is worrying that half of families do not feel valued by the Services, and over a third of Service spouses say they would be happier if their partner left the Armed Forces.

“The Government must meet with the Service Families Federations, and other bodies, to urgently look at how these figures can be turned around. We need to ensure that families feel valued, there is good communication and support when spouses are deployed and that the standard in housing goes up.

“We often hear talk from the Government about how important the wider Forces community is, so I hope that we see that rhetoric backed up with some action to get to grips with the issues highlighted by these figures”.