£400m Investment Brings 1,000 Uninhabitable Militaryhomes, familiesBack into Use

The UK Ministry of Defence invested £400m to refurbish over 1,000 uninhabitable military homes across the UK. The programme has provided high-quality accommodation for service personnel and their families, significantly increasing the number of suitable homes available.

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£400m Investment Brings 1,000 Uninhabitable Militaryhomes, familiesBack into Use

£400m Investment Brings 1,000 Uninhabitable Militaryhomes, familiesBack into Use

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has invested £400m to refurbish over 1,000 previously uninhabitable military homes across the UK, providing high-quality accommodation for service personnel and their . The extensive programme of refurbishments, launched in September last year, has allowed the MOD to significantly increase the number of suitable homes available to service families.

Why this matters: This investment demonstrates the government's commitment to supporting the welfare of military personnel and their families, which is essential for maintaining morale and retaining talent in the armed forces. Moreover, it sets a positive precedent for future investments in military infrastructure and accommodation, potentially leading to improved living conditions for service personnel across the UK.

Over 1,000 properties have been brought back into use, including 142 in Tidworth, Wiltshire; 134 in Aldershot, Hampshire; 48 in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire; and 41 in Catterick, Yorkshire. The refurbishments included new kitchens and bathrooms, boilers, carpets, and curtains. Some properties underwent full refurbishments with rewiring, new heating, doors and windows, internal redecoration, and external work to .

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) worked alongside contractors VIVO Defence Services and Amey to carry out the works, with funds prioritized for accommodation allocated through last year's Defence Command Paper Refresh. An MOD official stated, "Improving accommodation for our service personnel and their families is a top priority – that's why we are investing an additional £400 million into maintaining and upgrading homes."

Corporal Tom Amponsah-Dadzie of the Royal Logistic Corps expressed his satisfaction with his refurbished home, saying, "This new home is one of the best places I have ever lived in - I can't express the reaction on the face of my wife when she saw the house for the first time. She couldn't stop talking about it, she took so many pictures of everywhere."

In addition to the refurbishments, the DIO is also carrying out work to more than 4,000 properties to improve their thermal efficiency. This includes installing new doors, windows, roofs, and external wall insulation to prevent issues with damp and mould. VIVO Defence Services and Amey officials expressed pride in their contributions to the successful completion of this challenging.

The £400m investment has not only improved the quality of life for service personnel and their families but also significantly increased the number of high-quality homes available to them. The MOD's commitment to upgrading and maintaining military accommodation demonstrates its dedication to ensuring the well-being of those who serve in the armed forces.