Future Accommodation Model (FAM)
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.
Now that the pilot is live across all Services, FAM leads will test the policy and work closely with Service personnel to see how they respond. The pilot will run for around three years, and everyone’s feedback over that time will be hugely important. A decision will then be made about whether to expand FAM and roll it out to the rest of the UK over the following decade.
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:
FAM is now live at HMNB Clyde, Aldershot Garrison and RAF Wittering.
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 assigned to, HMNB Clyde it is important to know that Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and SFA will still be available, with no SFA properties sold off because of the pilot.
If you are happy in your current SLA or SFA at one of the pilot locations don’t worry, you don’t need to take any action. However, if you’d now like to consider renting or buying a home in the local area with support from the MOD, FAM makes this possible:
- Regular or Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment)
- Based at one of the pilot locations with 12 months or more left on your draft, or have an assignment there of 12 months or more during the pilot
- Have 4 or more years of Service
If you decide you want to change your current accommodation and you want to rent then you will need to complete an Accommodation Preference Form (APF) in JPA. If you want to buy a house then you do not fill out the APF, instead you’ll need to take your legal paperwork to your Unit Personnel Office (UPO). If you choose to stay in your current SLA or SFA then you don’t need to do anything.
If you are due to be assigned to HMNB Clyde, you can choose your accommodation in line with the FAM policies. You can submit your APF in advance of your start date.
Here’s what the first people to benefit from new choices in accommodation in HMNB Clyde have to say about FAM:
Enquiries/ Contact details
HMNB Clyde FAM Cell:
Room 15, Argyll Building, HMNB Clyde
Tel. 01436674321 Ext 4474/3494
Mil. 93255 4474/3494
Long-Term Relationship (LTR)
It was also announced that Service personnel 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, provided that you met the criteria. Please note that this is not part of FAM, but rather a new policy. This is not an entitlement to SFA. Find out more about your eligibility here.
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
- News story/ Press release published on 1st April 2019
The Naval Families Federation welcomes your thoughts on this announcement. Please do contact us.