Major boiler issues in High Wycombe have left 120 RAF operatives without reliable hot water
MPs have claimed the freezing cold living conditions and chronic underfunding have led to cancelled training sessions and troops intermittently left without hot water for years at a time.
Sir Julian Brazier, Conservative MP and a former SAS reservist, claimed the poor living conditions of our soldiers made it difficult to keep veterans and gain recruits.
He said: “If we want to keep good quality armed forces then we have to look after our people.
“These things harm retention – you can imagine those recruits sending messages back to their family and friends about the conditions.”
Some bases have even been forced to drop accommodation costs
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The Royal Signals have struggled to train vital new recruits to use complicated signalling equipment due to the bone-chilling accommodation.
Major boiler issues in High Wycombe have left 120 RAF operatives without a reliable supply of hot water or heating for three years.
Funding that could be used to better accommodate our troops are often used to commission “firefighting” repairs instead of replacing outdated and faulty equipment.
Some bases have even been forced to drop accommodation costs down to as little as possible due to the poor quality of housing provided.
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A source at RAF High Wycombe told the Daily Telegraph: “We are a 21st century RAF but we cannot even provide heating.
“No one has any money and no one is willing to spend any money.
“In the long term it is most dangerous for morale.”
Another soldier from Blandford Camp in Dorset claimed personnel have been forced into temporary accommodation for weeks at a time – and have to walk across the base in towels to take a shower.
Funding is often used to commission 'firefighting' repairs
A soldier there said: “We are expected to work with cutting edge equipment yet people are shivering in class and they cannot concentrate.
“It’s affecting everything.”
An MOD spokesman said: “It’s vital that our personnel have high quality living and working accommodation.
“That’s why the MOD is investing over £4billion to create a better estate.”
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