Public-Private Partnerships: Background Papers for the U.S.-U.K. Conference on Military Installation Assets, Operations, and Services

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Housing

This chapter discusses the use of outsourcing and privatization in the provision of military housing and barracks accommodation in the United Kingdom, with comparisons to the U.S. Army. We begin by providing background information on military housing in the United Kingdom and United States. We then describe major outsourcing and privatization initiatives in both countries. We conclude with lessons learned based on the British and American experiences.


BACKGROUND: UNITED KINGDOM

Although the U.K. MoD has decided that the provision of housing for service families is not a “core” activity, it retains a commitment to provide or to assist families in obtaining housing.48 Service personnel over 18 years of age who are married or who have parental responsibility for a child and normally live with the child, have completed initial training, and have at least 6 months to serve with their unit may be entitled to live in Service Families Accommodation, also known as married quarters. The type of housing to which service personnel are entitled depends on rank for officers and on family size for enlisted (other ranks). However, service members who are entitled to live in married quarters housing are not required to live there, and they may choose to rent or buy private-sector housing. Approximately 30 percent of entitled officers live in married quarters, whereas approximately 70 percent of entitled enlisted do so. Table 3.1 shows the stock of married quarters by location, relative to the total number of service personnel.

Service personnel are advised to apply for married quarters at least 60 days before the accommodation is needed. They may also request that the house be fully or partially furnished. They are usually offered a house one month before entitlement but may have to wait up to a month after their entitlement date before a home becomes available. If no housing is available, personnel may elect to stay on the waiting list, or they may accept a Non Availability Certificate to confirm that married quarters are not available. In the latter case, MoD has contracted with Hambro Countrywide Relocation plc (Public Limited Company) to help service personnel find a suitable private home for rent near their place of work.

Service personnel who choose to live in married quarters pay accommodation charges that are deducted from pay. Accommodation charges depend on the size of the house, whether furniture is included, condition of the

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Because of strict rent control and renters'-rights laws and a history of substantial public-sector construction and ownership of “council housing,” the United Kingdom has a limited market for private rental housing in some areas. Private rental markets tend to be particularly limited in remote areas, where some military bases are located.

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures ix
  • Tables xi
  • Summary xiii
  • Abbreviations xxiii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - U.K. Overview 3
  • 3 - Housing 33
  • 4 - Base Operations 51
  • 5 - Logistics 75
  • 6 - Comparisons and Conclusions 103
  • Appendix A - Conference Participants 107
  • Appendix B - Short Definitions of Key U.K. Initiatives and Terms 111
  • Appendix C - Mod Pfi Contracts 115
  • Appendix D - Case Studies of Two Pfi Contracts 117
  • Appendix E - Mod Executive Agencies 121
  • Appendix F - Privatization of Mod Married Quarters Housing 123
  • Appendix G - Mod Initiatives in Construction and Property Management 129
  • Appendix H - Privatization of the Royal Dockyards 133
  • Bibliography 139
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