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:
UPDATE – 12/07/2021
Due to invaluable feedback received from Service personnel assigned to HMNB Clyde, Aldershot Garrison and RAF Wittering – the MOD introduced several changes for the duration of the pilot effective from 12 July 2021:
- The 12 months Future Availability Date (FAD) reduced to 6 months FAD – meaning SP will need to have 6 months left on your draft.
- Service personnel able to claim support for voluntary mid-assignment moves.
- Length of Service reduced from 4 years service to 1 years service.
Please note, the criteria for Regular or Full Time Reserve Service (Full Commitment) has not changed.
- 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.
Note: Long Term Relationships (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.
Enquiries/ Further details
HMNB Clyde FAM Cell
Housing Options Scotland
Housing Options Scotland’s (HOS) “Military Matters” programme supports members of the Armed Forces community with any housing needs or issues. The charity offers free, independent information, advice and support to those who get in touch, and they can help with all kinds of housing tenure – from renting privately to social housing and home ownership.
Karen Campbell is the Military Matters broker at HOS and works with clients from the Armed Forces community. Support is offered on a 1-1 basis, where every client receives information and advice tailored to their specific circumstances.
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Information on gov.uk
The MOD and the NFF’s Homeport magazine have also produced videos, articles and leaflets that can help you understand this update better:
Here’s what the first people to benefit from new choices in accommodation in HMNB Clyde have to say about FAM: