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Independent commission on armed forces housing

Provision of subsidised accommodation to treat as a home is a cornerstone in the offer to serving armed forces personnel and their families. The Armed Forces Covenant states that service accommodation should be of “good quality, affordable and suitably located”.  It should facilitate the unique demands of service life; readiness for geographic mobility, lack of choice between location or accommodation options, and acceptance of the remoteness of some military bases. It is a critically important part of the overall military package for service personnel and their families.

But despite its vital role, there have been longstanding failures to deliver on such an offer Lack of meaningful progress has now led to a service that many regard as in crisis. Inadequate accommodation is draining operational capacity by presenting a real challenge to both the health of serving personnel, as well as recruitment and retention. The failure of previous government efforts to make a real impact makes a compelling case for an independent review. 

Crossbench peer Lord Kerslake, a visiting professor with the Policy Institute and former Head of the Civil Service, is chairing an independent review of service accommodation that will:

  • Assess the current position, the forces behind it and the wider impacts in past, present and future context. 
  • Establish a reasonable, appropriate baseline for military accommodation. The benchmarks will include the pricing, features and quality of accommodation that should be offered as standard.
  • Determine what changes and costs are required to deliver reasonable accommodation in line with these.

You can find out more about the commission by reading its terms of reference.

Submit written evidence to the commission

The commission is seeking written evidence from all  interested organisations and parties, to help assess the current position from a range of perspectives. Input may establish how and why the current position was reached, the impacts, and other relevant information.

Submit your evidence to the commission via email to, or by clicking the button below. The deadline for submissions is 20 April 2023.

Submit evidence