Double glazing would improve “hovels for heroes”

According to the Sun’s Deputy Political Editor, Graeme Wilson, in an article he posted on the Sun website on 20th October 2009, entitled “Hovels for Heroes” thousands of Armed Servicemen and women, along with their families live in homes without double glazing, and many live in squalor. The Sun article suggests that “One in three families said that their accommodation was in a “poor” condition – and only half described their homes as “good”. A third said their houses were filthy when they moved in, according to the devastating report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee. Two out of five said they were unhappy with the “state of repair”.

In addition Graeme Wilson points out that “Thousands of homes have no double-glazing, “security defects” and lack modern kitchens or bathrooms.” The article expresses genuine concern that “More than 10,000 houses for our heroes are in a WORSE condition now than a year ago. As many as 9,000 service homes lack proper showers, while 6,000 have wiring nearly 40 years old.”

Surely our service men and women deserve to live in decent accommodation, especially at a time when so many are tragically losing their lives for their country in Afganistan and Iraq. Lets hope the publicity highlighting the problems will cause those in authority to act to rectify this situation immediately!


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