UKIP defence spokesman blasts the MoD after commons committee highlights deteriorating armed forces living standards

Published Jul 13, 2016

MikeHookam.jpgUKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has blasted the Ministry of Defence, saying “it is time to end the government sanctioned culture of housing our heroes in sties.”

Mr Hookem’s comments come following a report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee which found the Ministry of Defence and its contractor Carillion Amey were "badly letting down service families".

Former soldier and senior UKIP official Mr Hookem said, “From speaking to military families up and down the country, I know the appalling conditions many of these brave people are forced to live in and the demoralising effect this has.”

“It is a disgrace that the MoD is willing to add further stress and worry to families already coping with loved ones being on operations.”

“For many troops, their families are a bedrock of support while they do the incredibly difficult and dangerous, yet low paid job of protecting this country.”

“The last thing soldiers, sailors and airmen need is the added stress of having to cope sub-standard housing - which in some cases could have significant health impacts – together with worrying about whether urgent repairs will ever by carried out.”

“This is yet another example of outsourced MoD services failing our armed forces through penny-pinching measures; while we continue to spend £11.5 billion on foreign aid each year.”

“It is a disgrace, and I call on Theresa May’s new government to reinstate the government commitment that was quietly dropped in 2008, which would have seen military housing made fit to live in by 2020.”

“I know the British public is becoming increasingly intolerant of the way we treat our armed forces personnel, and it’s time the government acted to fully uphold the military covenant."

"Many MPs have second homes: it would be nice if they would allow those who serve this country to live in one decent one."

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