MoD refusing housing help to Afghan refugees and Wiltshire families
By Trevor Carbin
Despite being partly responsible for events in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence is refusing to help with the consequences of those events.
There are 1,325 empty MoD properties in Wiltshire. These are all outside of the secure areas of Military Bases and many have been empty for years. The MoD have told Wiltshire Council that none are available for Afghan refugees.
Council leader Richard Clewer is encouraging people to write to the relevant ministers asking for a change of heart. He points out that the properties could be used not just for the small number of Afghan families in the county, but also for the hundreds of local families on the council's waiting list.
The Ministers responsible are
Jeremy Quin (Minister of State for Defence Procurement) and therefore perhaps most relevant to MoD housing
Ben Wallace (Secretary of State for Defence)
Victoria Atkins (Minister for Afghan Resettlement)