Armed Forces: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 21st January 2019.

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Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department plans to take to resolve the matter of around £25 million a year being allocated from the public purse to rent disused, derelict and abandoned married quarters.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence intends to reduce significantly, the number of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties currently unoccupied through the Void Reduction Plan. This will be achieved via a combination of the following measures:

Continuing to sub-let SFA for which there is a known long-term Defence requirement, with the aim of achieving around 3,000 sublets across 100 Defence sites;

The release of more than 200 SFA currently supplied through Bulk Lease Hire and Private Finance Initiative arrangements;

Releasing 234 SFA at Canterbury and Bordon to Annington Homes in the current financial year (FY);

Demolishing 680 SFA, which are no longer required.An annual handback of at least 500 SFA per year to Annington Homes from FY 2019-20 until FY 2026-27 enabled by the Defence Estate Optimisation Programme.

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