UK MoD to invest £200m to improve armed forces’ accommodation

£200 million announced for vital improvements to troops accommodation
Image of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, seen here at Catterick Garrison today (17/07/2020). THOUSANDS of Armed Forces families across the UK will have their housing and accommodation improved and renovated thanks to nearly £200 million of new Government funding, announced today by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Chancellor Rishi Sunak. On a joint visit to Catterick Garrison, the Ministers chatted to soldiers about the ways the improvements will help them. Over 5,000 personnel, plus their families will have homes modernised with new kitchens, bathrooms and furnishings including reroofing to reduce the risk of mould and damp. As part of the funding injection 3,500 service homes will be upgraded as well as single living quarters. This will improve life for Armed Forces personnel deployed at home and abroad to keep the nation safe, including in the fight to halt the spread of Covid-19. The work will also make Armed Forces estates more environmentally friendly. New windows and doors will provide better insulation, energy efficient boilers will drive down bills, and solar panels and electric vehicle charging points will reduce the carbon footprint. Families with young children will benefit from new play areas, roads will be resurfaced, and energy efficient street lighting will help modernise sites as part of the funding. The Defence Secretary invited the Chancellor to Catterick Garrison today, which will benefit from investment in Service Family Accommodation, to announce the news.