“Ministers are cutting investment in the housing on which service personnel and their families rely” – Kevan Jones MP

In response to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee report on Service accommodation Labour’s Shadow Armed Forces Minister Kevan Jones MP said:

“The Conservatives have broken promises and undermined the Military Covenant.

“No-one should suffer as a result of their service, yet Ministers are cutting investment in the housing on which service personnel and their families rely. Labour improved service accommodation but we worry our gains are being put into reverse.

“This will damage morale further and is a sign of how out of touch Ministers are with the needs of the service community.

“We need urgent answers as to why this has been allowed to happen and a clear plan of action for improvement.”

Further information:

1. The report can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/defence-committee/news/mps-publish-report-on-the-armed-forces-in-action/

2. Chair of the Committee, Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, says: “It is unacceptable that over 60 per cent of Single Living Accommodation is in a condition not deemed satisfactory by the MoD and that the MoD cannot estimate how long it will take to remedy that situation.”

3. The Government announced £100m of investment in service accommodation at the last budget, Ministers had already announced a freeze in funding for improvements to service accommodation for three years from April 2013, which would save £47m a year, a total of £141m. Therefore, the budget announcement of £100m investment represents the Government releasing funds they had themselves frozen and amounts to a net cut over the three years from 2013 of 41m for service accommodation.

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