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Upgrades see 2,880 military families in refurbished homes

The scale of dissatisfaction in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation report was uncovered and highlighted by the Labour Party.

Thousands of Armed Forces families across the UK are now living in refurbished homes following the completion of a major programme of improvement work.

The question of accommodation has challenged the Ministry of Defence for decades and the investment programme worth hundreds of millions of pounds is aimed at bringing about change.

Air Commodore James Savage, Head of Accommodation at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), told Forces News: "More broadly, across the country, we've spent £350m in the last two years on refurbishment of homes and playparks and so on.

"We've got another £176m worth of funding for the coming financial year and we need several years' worth of that level of investment before we'll get properly on top of the condition of the estate and transform the homes in the way that we need to."

Approximately 2,880 homes have now been significantly upgraded by the DIO under the project.