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Sir Bob calls for extra housing for former soldiers
1:00pm Wednesday 13th June 2012 in News
COLCHESTER MP Sir Bob Russell has called on the Government to build more homes in garrison towns for former soldiers.
Speaking in the House of Commons he told defence ministers the armed forces covenant had committed the Government to housing personnel leaving the armed forces.
He also called on Department for Communities and Local Government to provide more money for homes in areas where large garrisons are.
Speaking after the defence debate, Sir Bob said: “The reality is that we, as a country, need to spend more on building and providing low cost rented accommodation not only for our civilian families but also for the families of military families who are leaving HM Armed Forces.
“The situation is likely to be made more serious if there are compulsory redundancies from Colchester Garrison.”
Currently there is no requirement for local authorities to give any preference to military families.