Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 20th March 2008.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount of money needed to bring all armed forces accommodation up to Grade 4 standard and above under Grade for Change classification.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

All service families accommodation (SFA) and single living accommodation (SLA) is assessed by Grade for Charge (GfC), which is an assessment of the physical condition of the accommodation and other factors such as size and closeness to amenities. In addition all SFA (excluding that in Germany) is also assessed by Standard for Condition (SfC), which results in the categorisation of the housing stock taking account of a number of factors including standards of health and safety, sanitary, energy and efficiency. There are standards within four SfCs and GfCs, 1 being the highest and 4 the lowest respectively.

Although no estimate has been made of the cost of bringing all accommodation up to each GfC, I can confirm that over the next decade, the Department will spend over £ 3 billion on upgrading and improving service accommodation, with priority given to addressing the lowest standard accommodation first. This includes the delivery of some further 30,000 new or improved SLA bed-spaces to G1fC standard by 2013 and the upgrading of a minimum of 600 SFA properties to S1fC this year, 600 next year and 800 in each year thereafter.

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