The Ministry of Defence's own figures show that half of unmarried service personnel live in sub-standard military accommodation. Of the 165,0000 bedspaces of single living accommodation provided by the MoD worldwide:
- More than 80,000 bedspaces (48.5%) received the lowest rating - category 4
- Another 28,200 bedspaces (17%) fall into the second lowest - category 3
- 19,000 bedspaces (11.5%) are graded category 2
- Only 38,100 (23%) are in category 1
This is at a time when the MoD is paying rent on 8,253 unoccupied properties. 20% of married quarters are standing empty costing the MoD £28.7million a year. This largesse is being handed over to the private housing company which took over the properties when they were sold off by the Tories: that was a good deal then, wasn't it?
Link> The Telegraph: Service personnel live in 'substandard homes'
Link> BBC: MoD paying for 8,000 empty homes
Some good news: a £7.8million refurbishment programme is underway at the Royal School of Signals' Blandford Camp in Dorset.
Link> MoD: Twigg: "continuous improvement" vital for defence housing