Funding boost for Ripon’s Claro Barracks

A further �200,000 will be invested at Claro Barracks in the coming financial year.
A further �200,000 will be invested at Claro Barracks in the coming financial year.
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Ripon MP Julian Smith has welcomed the Ministry of Defence’s commitment to continue improving facilities at Ripon’s Claro Barracks.

The MP asked a parliamentary question to ministers on their assessment of the living conditions at the home of the 21 Engineers and what investment is planned.

In response, Defence Minister Mark Francois said: “It is recognised that not all living accommodation at Claro Barracks in Ripon is of the highest standard that service personnel deserve.

“There are 601 single living accommodation (SLA) bed-spaces at the site, of which 448 are at the lowest standard of four for condition and scale.

“£200,000 has been spent on delivering new fitted furniture to one of the SLA blocks over the past two years and there are plans to invest a further £200,000 in the next financial year.

“In contrast, all 277 service family accommodation properties at Claro Barracks are at the highest two standards for condition, 154 at Grade 1 and 123 at Grade 2.”

Mr Smith said: “Making sure servicemen and women and their families have good quality accommodation in Ripon is vital so I welcome the continued commitment from the Ministry of Defence to improve living accommodation that is not of that high quality. I will be continuing to discuss this issue with Ministers at Westminster.”