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Army brings £1.8bn to the UK

Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Philip HammondDefence secretary, Phillip Hammond, has announced the UK economy is set to receive a £1.8bn boost when the Army returns from Germany.

Details of the investment in new bases and accommodation were set out in the basing plan, which clarifies for the first time the Army’s future UK locations.

Around 70 per cent of the Army will be brought back from Germany by the end of 2015 with the final 4,300 back by the end of 2019 – a move expected to eventually save £240m a year.

They will be based across the UK with major concentrations around Salisbury Plain, Edinburgh and Leuchars in Scotland, Catterick in North Yorkshire, Aldershot, Colchester, Stafford and the East Midlands.

The new basing plan will make the best use of the Defence estate and provide better accommodation and facilities for our troops and their families.

The Government is investing £1.8bn in the new basing plan and £1bn of this will be spent on building brand new accommodation.

This will see around 1,900 new family homes being built and more than 7,800 new rooms for single soldiers along with over 800 upgraded rooms for single soldiers and over 450 upgraded homes for families. The rest of the investment will be spent on technical infrastructure.

These changes will provide savings and efficiencies for the Army, a sustainable military footprint to support military operations and certainty for personnel and their families.

The return of the Army from Germany was first announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2010 which committed to returning all 20,000 troops, plus their families, to the UK by 2020. 70 per cent will now return by the end of 2015 compared to a previous commitment of half by 2015.

A number of Army units have already returned leaving fewer than 16,000 personnel and 30 units.

At the same time, the SDSR announced a reduction in the size of the Army, followed by a further announcement in 2011 which committed the Army to reduce to 82,000 by 2020.

Since 2011, a major study has been undertaken by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation who are responsible for managing and maintaining the MOD estate. This study has ensured that the plans make better use of the Defence estate and ensures value for money for the taxpayer.

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