The Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Updates (2019)
The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) committed the Ministry of Defence to make a new accommodation offer, to help more personnel live in private accommodation and meet their aspirations for home ownership.
The way people live and work is changing and the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) reflects this, giving more choice to more Service personnel and their families over where, how and with whom you live. This 3 year (approximately) pilot is a chance for the MOD to test the policy and the way it is delivered before a decision is made about whether to roll out the FAM across the UK. If this is confirmed, the majority of bases will gradually transition to the FAM over the next decade or two.
On 1st April 2019, more information on the model was released. The MOD has produced the following videos to give you an overview of FAM and a step by step guide:
HMNB Clyde is one of the confirmed pilot sites, starting from 30th September 2019. Under FAM, entitlement to Service Family Accommodation (SFA) will no longer be allocated according to the rank of individuals, but will instead focus on the size of the family, promoting fairness and ensuring homes are fit for purpose. For those living on, or posted to, HMNB Clyde it is important to know that SLA and SFA will still be available, with no SFA properties sold off because of the pilot. If you are currently based at HMNB Clyde you won’t have to do anything, unless you’d like to change the way you live now. If you are stationed at HMNB Clyde, receive an assignment order to the base, or are just interested in learning more, go to GOV.UK and search for Future Accommodation Model.
Long-Term Relationship (LTR)
It was also announced that all Service personnel, who have more than four years’ service in the Armed Forces and who are in a long-term relationship or have residential responsibility for a child will now be able to apply to live together in surplus SFA at all UK bases where properties are available. Please note that this is not part of FAM, but rather a new policy. This is not an entitlement to SFA – if there is no surplus SFA at your place of work (50 miles within your assignment location), you will not be able to take advantage of this new policy. Please refer to the FAQ and leaflet below to find out more about cohabitation and registering long-term relationships.
The MOD and the NFF’s Homeport magazine have also produced several articles and leaflets that can help you understand this update better:
- Gov.uk – What you need to know about FAM, including eligibility, what to do next and more
- Discover My Benefits – Find out what you could receive in payments and allowances, if you rent or buy a home under FAM
- More details on the full FAM policy – JSP464 Volume 4 (Full details will be published in Summer 2019)
- News story/ Press release published on 1st April 2019
The Naval Families Federation welcomes your thoughts on this announcement. Please do contact us.