Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement that it will increase rent for Armed Forces families living in service accommodation, said:
“Under this Government, thousands of soldiers have been made redundant and our servicemen and women have seen their pay and conditions deteriorate. And now the Defence Secretary says that our Armed Forces and their families should pay higher rent for basic service accommodation.
“This tells you all you need to know about David Cameron – he refuses to countenance providing additional resources to the NHS through a tax on the very highest value properties worth over £2m, he has cut taxes for millionaires but he is prepared to charge our troops more to live with their families while they serve our country.
“It’s about time the Defence Secretary stood up for our Armed Forces and their families, and ensured they are treated with the respect their service deserves.”