Armed Forces: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 15 May 2024.

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Photo of Helen Morgan Helen Morgan Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Levelling up, Housing and Communities), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he made of the adequacy of the standard of service accommodation before setting the Defence Infrastructure Organisation budget for 2024-25.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Budgets for defence organisations, including DIO, are being determined as part of the Annual Budget Cycle process.

Currently, 96% of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) meets or exceeds the Government's Decent Homes Standard.

This Government continues to invest significant sums to improve the quality of UK SFA. The Defence Command Paper Refresh committed an additional £400 million over two years. In 2023-24, Defence allocated and spent £220 million to implement damp and mould remediation in approximately 4,000 homes, refurbished c1,000 long term empty homes, provided 3,000 homes with replacement windows and doors, 1,000 homes with replacement kitchens and bathrooms, and upgraded heaters and boilers in 1,500 homes.

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