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Budget 2012: Osborne commits £100m to armed forces accommodation

The government will spend £100 million on armed forces accommodation from the £2.4 billion it will save by ceasing combat in Afghanistan, George Osborne said today.

David Cameron said during a visit to the US last week that UK forces will cease combat operation by the end of 2014.

Mr Osborne said today that the result will be a £2.4 billion saving on operations.

“As a consequence, I can tell the House that the cost of operations – which are funded by the government’s special reserve and entirely separate from the defence budget – are expected to be a total of £2.4bn lower than planned over the remainder of the Parliament.

“We will fund an extra £100m of improvements in the accommodation of our armed forces and their families.”

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