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Rationalisation of Defence estates announced

07 November 2016

£4-billion investment in Britain’s Armed Forces and their families

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced a £4 billion investment to create a better Defence Estate for the Armed Forces and their families

The ‘Better Defence Estates’ strategy is a review of MOD land, headed up by military leaders to deliver a more efficient, modern and capability-focused Defence Estate to better fit the needs of the Armed Forces of the future.

As well as saving around £140 million by the end of the decade, these changes will reduce the number of personnel being regularly moved between different bases, providing greater long-term stability and certainty for military personnel and their families. The MOD will sell 91 sites with all proceeds re-invested back into defence.

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter said:

“The strategy to change the size and shape of our Defence Estate will affect many in the Army over the coming years.

“SDSR has refocused the Army from a campaigning posture to one designed to fight at the divisional level. Central to this force design is a division of two Armoured Infantry and two STRIKE brigades, improving the capability, credibility and utility of our contribution to national security.

"Also key has been refining the structures and training of our light forces to deliver specialised infantry battalions, taking a strategic approach to Defence Engagement activity. To achieve this requires some re-rolement and re-organisation within the Army.

“By co-ordinating our planning with the necessity of Defence Estate optimisation we will deliver a sustainable, efficient and effective footprint, including wherever possible the co-location of key capabilities. The ‘Better Defence Estates Strategy’ provides our current intentions for disposals impacting on the Army footprint and offers detail for re-provisioning over the next five years.

"We will announce further re-provisioning and re-basing detail on a rolling five year basis wherever possible to allow sufficient time for our personnel to plan their lives, coupled with increased certainty of delivery.”

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