British soldiers’ families forced to live in squalid conditions

Soldiers’ families are being forced to live in squalid, unhealthy conditions by a private firm responsible for maintaining their homes.

The Defence Secretary – Michael Fallon – has now launched an official probe after the shocking allegations were revealed.

MODAround 1000 complaints are apparently made each week by families suffering in poor conditions.

Compalints have included holes in ceilings, mouldy walls, and not having cookers for up to four months.

Contractor CarillionAmey will now be grilled by officials from the Ministry of Defence.

Nearly 7,500 people have signed a petition strip the company of its deal with the MoD.

CarillionAmey is responsible for maintaining 45,000 service family homes in the UK.

Michael Fallon said: “I am deeply concerned by these reports and want them looked into as a matter of urgency.“It is simply unacceptable that our brave service personnel and their families, who offer this country so much, have to put up with such poor service.

“That’s why I’m going to call in the chief executives of Carillion and Amey to identify what can be done to improve this situation as soon as possible.”

An MOD spokesperson said: “Service accommodation is a matter of huge importance to the MoD, and it is not acceptable that CarillionAmey’s performance has fallen short of our expectations.“we are working with them to agree a plan to improve performance to the standard deserved by our armed forces.”

 

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