The provision of good quality living accommodation for both married and single service personnel continues to be a top departmental priority. Decades of underfunding means that the standard of service accommodation has lagged behind the expectations of our people. Some housing stock is old.
Investment over the past seven years has begun to correct this, but there is much more to be done. The department plans to spend some £3 billion in accommodation investment programmes over the next decade. Secured and planned funding levels for accommodation are at their highest levels for decades.
Since 2001, over £200 million has been spent upgrading some 14,000 service family accommodation (SFA) properties to the top standard for condition.
In addition, since 2003, some 35,000 new or improved single living accommodation bed-spaces have been delivered as part of a £1.4 billion programme that will see a further 21,000 delivered by 2013.
More remains to be done, but progress is being made and over 90 per cent of SFA is now at the two highest standards for condition. Our aim is to ensure that by March 2013 very little, if any, of the occupied SFA estate should be below standard 2 for condition.