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Nine hundred empty MOD military homes in Edinburgh are to be made available to the local council.
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Empty MOD homes to be used to tackle Edinburgh's housing shortage

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Nine hundred empty MOD military homes in Edinburgh are to be made available to the local council.

Unused military homes are going to be used to help tackle Edinburgh's housing shortage.

Figures from 2021 show there are around 11,000 empty Ministry of Defence (MOD) homes in the UK and about 900 properties not being used in Scotland.

MOD housing near Dreghorn Barracks will be made available to help provide more suitable homes to people affected by homelessness and overcrowding in the city.

The move follows a 10-year campaign by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to free up some of the Armed Forces accommodation that is not being used.

Edinburgh Pentlands MSP Gordon MacDonald said: "I am delighted to see the empty MOD homes in Edinburgh will now be put to good use.

"It was never right that so many homes were left lying empty which is why I have long been calling for them to be used to help people whose lives would benefit from being housed in the properties."

He has previously raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament and has written to numerous UK Government defence secretaries requesting the empty MOD homes in Edinburgh be used to help homeless people. "I hope that this news now translates into action quickly so that we can have as many people living in safe and warm homes as possible," he added.

The first homes being freed up are close to Edinburgh's Dreghorn and Redford Barracks and are being made available to those struggling to find permanent accommodation.

This comes as families living in Service Family Accommodation have hit out over the poor state of military housing, after service members and their families posted examples of black mould, damp and broken heating in their homes.

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