The chairman of the UK’s parliamentary Defence Select Committee has said it is a “total disgrace” that British troops and their families have been left without hot water and heating. His comments come in the wake of an explosive investigative article by the Mail on Sunday, highlighting the dire conditions faced by military personnel in their rundown army homes. According to the article, hundreds of British soldiers along with their families have been left to freeze during the country’s cold snap as they await urgent repairs to their dilapidated accommodation.
Many of the homes have had no heat or water for weeks on end, as soldiers struggle to keep their families warm and safe.
To help the families survive the subarctic conditions, the Army has handed out sleeping bags.
Tobias Ellwood, the Tory MP for Bournemouth East, called the news “shocking” and a “total disgrace”.
He tweeted: “A total disgrace to learn 100s of British troops & families are without heating & hot water.
“They are told instead to use Army sleeping bags to stay warm this winter.
“We call on them to step in during the strikes – but fail to provide basic standards in MOD-run accommodation. Shocking.”
The servicing and maintenance of the 49,000 military homes has been contracted to the private company Pinnacle, who won a £144 million tender in March.
The firm has allegedly responded to the crisis by setting up an emergency hotline.
Callers are advised to heat their pipes with hot water bottles or warm flannels.
Families told the Mail that their calls for help had mostly fallen on deaf ears and said their children were coming down with viral infections.
Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, has promised to intervene on behalf of the military families.
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While @Bohan1Kerry wrote: “Army housing has been like this for 30 years.
“That’s why people are striking. Is this all they’re worth?. Is that how much they are thought of?
“They aren’t serfs and we aren’t serfs. Enough.”
Nick O’Donnell said: “How did you not know until now?
“That seems strange given how much you care about this.”