Friday, 26 June 2009

Service housing refurbishment accelerated

Recruitment is not the only area to be benefiting from the current recession. To boost the construction industry the MoD has announced that it is bringing forward from 2010/12 some £50million of spending on military accommodation which is good news for service personnel and their familes.

Defence Estates will be spending the cash on refurbishment of both Single Living Accommodation and Service Families Accommodation. Some of the sites that will be seeing the improvements earlier than expected are South Cerney in Gloucestershire, Woolwich in South London, Waddington in Lincolnshire, Lossiemouth in Moray, Condor near Arbroath, and Culdrose in Cornwall. Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Chief Executive of Defence Estates, said: "More than 1,500 Service personnel will benefit directly from this initiative".

The Admiral also confirmed that customer relations would be another area that would see improvement over the coming months. Communication with families, especially those whose accommodation is in the process of being refurbished, and keeping them informed on progress will be a priority.

Defence Estates also want to cut the number of families living in privately-rented housing by reducing the number of void or empty properties by turning them round more quickly.

All good stuff by the sounds of it.

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