• Nicholas Harrison

Armed forces families living further away from the barracks.

Following the last Strategic Defence and Security Review, as military bases, for example in Germany were closed, there was an increase in the number of armed forces families returning to live in England. Whilst there has been a degree of dispersal of personnel and their families, there has also been a large influx of people settling in areas around existing bases.

The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research were chosen to assess the impact of such change between 2011 and 2019. Their research has identified two areas for concern. Firstly, families have become detached from traditional garrison support networks and secondly, local communities were often ill prepared for such a large and relatively sudden influx of newcomers to their areas. Research carried out by The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research, part of Northumbria University, and supported by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, within the Map of Need Project, has identified a need for the service provision for military families who don't live 'on the patch', to be greatly modernised and local communities may need support to help them catch-up with the basic living requirements of this community.

To read more please click: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0238508

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