Re­cruit­ing in cri­sis

Daily Star - - NEWS - ® by MARC WALKER news@dailystar.co.uk

STORM: Poor mil­i­tary hous­ing slammed

SQUALID mil­i­tary hous­ing is putting new re­cruits off join­ing up.

De­fence chiefs have fallen “woefully short”, ac­cord­ing to the Royal United Ser­vices In­sti­tute.

It is claimed squad­dies, sailors and air­men will leave in droves un­less the Govern­ment deals with the prob­lem.

The RUSI re­port calls for a pledge to pro­vide good ac­com­mo­da­tion and goes on to add that Min­istry of De­fence plans are “woefully short on de­tail and meth­ods of de­liv­ery, frus­trat­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ser­vice fam­i­lies”.

Blun­der

MoD bosses ran the risk of driv­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of would-be sol­diers away from join­ing up un­less a “co­her­ent and de­tailed” hous­ing strat­egy is de­vel­oped.

And fam­i­lies should also re­ceive “in­creased pri­or­ity” when it comes to mil­i­tary hous­ing, the re­port rec­om­mends.

MoD chiefs were ac­cused of mak­ing a huge blun­der when they sold off more than 55,000 ser­vice fam­ily homes in 1996. The min­istry is now up to £4.2bil­lion worse off for the sale, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice.

An MoD spokes­woman said: “We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing our troops with ac­com­mo­da­tion that meets their needs and is good value.”

She added: “In the last three years, we have in­vested over £500mil­lion in hous­ing and pledged a fur­ther £1.8bn through our Army bas­ing pro­gramme to build thou­sands of new homes across the UK.”

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