Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:35


The Ministry of Defence need to urgently address poor quality housing for soldiers, SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald has said – with a new report showing a collapse in satisfaction with accommodation.

The House of Commons Library briefing shows that fewer than half of regular personnel are satisfied with the overall standard of their accommodation, a nine percentage point drop from 2015 – with rent increases and substandard repairs driving concerns.

The briefing also finds that:

  • 81% of service families living in Service Families Accommodation will pay more rent under the new charging system introduced in 2016
  • Less than a third of personnel are satisfied with the response to requests and the quality of maintenance/repair work
  • The three Service Families Federations say accommodation is by far the top issue reported to them by personnel
    Gordon MacDonald MSP

Commenting, Gordon MacDonald – who has three army bases in his constituency – said:
“These are damning figures that expose how damaging the MoD’s cost-cutting approach to service personnel has been.
“It’s completely unacceptable for serving personnel to be kept in poor quality housing and to be left unhappy with the standard of repairs – and if this is allowed to continue, the MoD could find it harder to attract and retain troops.
“The MoD need to urgently address this – and give serving personnel the homes they deserve.”

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