Kevan Jones, Under Secretary of State for Defence, said:
“The announcement to advance £50m for improving service accommodation is great news for the thousands of service personnel and their families whose homes can now be refurbished even sooner than planned. These funds will allow us to target improvements at those returning from operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“In the week leading up to Armed Forces day on Saturday, this is a further opportunity to prove that we are absolutely committed to ensuring that service personnel and their families get the decent standards of accommodation that they deserve.”
Welcoming the announcement, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Chief Executive of Defence Estates, said:
“More than 1,500 Service personnel will benefit directly from this initiative. The advance of spend for capital projects, together with £10m of funding which we have also made available, will allow us to accelerate our building and modernisation programme. This is excellent news for everyone.”
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in April that £50m was being advanced from the years 2010/11 and 2011/12 to the current year (2009/10) for spending on Service accommodation.
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