Suella Braverman has raised concerns with defence ministers about issues faced by members of the armed forces relating to their service housing in Fareham.
Fareham is home to hundreds of servicemen and women - mainly Army and Navy - who are accommodated in Service Family Housing provided by the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with private company CarillionAmey. Whilst the majority of residents are well housed, Suella has met with several service personnel who have faced ongoing problems with CarillionAmey due to the sub-standard housing and poor quality support which in some instances is seriously affecting health and wellbeing.
Speaking in Parliament, Mrs Braverman requested to meet with defence minister Tobias Ellwood to expedite the complaints and handling procedure by both CarillionAmey and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
The complaints procedure requires conditions to be met by CarillionAmey before assistance can be brought in from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Complaints have revolved about a lack of cooperation from CarillionAmey, meaning serving personnel have not received maintenance support from the DIO.
Commenting, Suella Braverman said:
“Providing for our armed forces encompasses far more than just making sure they have the necessary support and equipment in combat. If we want to maintain our proud tradition of having the world’s best armed forces, we have to ensure that they are housed appropriately and with dignity. This is why I have spoken to the minister so we can address these issues surrounding poor quality housing maintenance.”