Personnel and families may be aware that there was announcement in late February 2024 changing important aspects of the Modernised Accommodation Offer. The original proposals to change entitlements to SFA have been paused. The details below cover the aspects of the Offer that will still be introduced. Work is underway to review the other aspects of the offer. We are aware many personnel and families are keen to understand more, and we will bring updates when we can, and work closely with MOD to represent all personnel’s views.

Starting from March 2024, the MOD will begin introducing a modernised accommodation offer for our armed forces.

The planned changes are intended to modernise accommodation entitlements, improve the standard of Single Living Accommodation, support for home ownership and update the overseas accommodation offer.

What is happening as part of the Modernised Accommodation Offer

The introduction of the offer will lead to the following changes:

  • Support for weekly commuters

     Waivers of Single Living Accommodation charges will be extended so that all personnel who have a Privately Maintained Property or retained Service Family Accommodation (SFA) will receive a waiver, in accordance with current single Service rules irrespective of rank, age or marital status. Service personnel that benefit from the existing Single Living Accommodation waivers will continue to pay nothing.

  • Increased support to buy a home

     We have already made Forces Help to Buy a permanent part of our accommodation policy and, under the modernised accommodation offer, we will offer further support for Service personnel becoming a first home at a new assignment, refunding up to £1,500 of their legal expenses.

  • Improving the overseas accommodation offer

     While the Modernised Accommodation Offer will begin its roll out in the UK, we are already looking at how to roll out as much of it as possible overseas, beginning with pilots at selected locations. Overseas accommodation policy will also be broken out from UK policy to make it easier to understand and allow it to consider the different realities of living in other countries (such as where air conditioning is more important than loft insulation).

What do you need to do

 More information on the application process will follow in due course.

Widened Accommodation Entitlement

Under the Modernised Accommodation Offer the Widening of Accommodation Entitlement at limited locations (WAE(LL)) is available from 31 Oct 23.

The following sites are part of WAE(LL):

  • RAF Shawbury
  • RAF Cosford
  • RNAS Yeovilton
  • RMB Norton Manor
  • Leuchars Station
  • JHC FS Aldergrove
  • Palace Barracks Holywood
  • Thiepval Barracks Lisburn
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  • What is the Widening of Accommodation Entitlement at limited locations?

    Under the Widening of Accommodation Entitlement at limited locations (WAE(LL)), Service personnel who are in an established long-term relationship assigned to select locations after 31 October 23 will be entitled to Service Family Accommodation under current policy in the same way as those who are married or in civil partnerships.

    This is a first step in delivering the commitment made in the Defence Accommodation Strategy (October 2022) to allocate accommodation to personnel in long-term relationships on the same basis as those who are married.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    To be eligible for the widened entitlement policy you must:

    • Receive an assignment order to one of the eight sites with a report for duty date on or after 31 October 23;

    and

    • Be in a relationship defined as an established long-term relationship. In line with current policy, SP will need to register their relationship status on JPA and have it verified by Unit HR.
    • The evidence requirements and registration process for an Established Long-Term Relationship are defined at Paragraphs 0116 and 0117 in JSP 464, Vol.1 Part 1.
  • How do I apply for the widened entitlement policy?

    From 20 September 23, any eligible E1132 forms submitted will be treated under the widened entitlement (WAE(LL)) policy.

    If Service Family Accommodation is unavailable, Substitute Service Family Accommodation in line with your entitlement will be sourced for you from the private rental sector.

  • What if I’m already at one of the sites or my report for duty is before 31 October 23?

    If you are in an established long-term relationship and assigned to one of the eight sites prior to 31 October 2023 you will not be entitled to Service Family Accommodation. You may still apply for surplus Service Family Accommodation as per JSP 464 Vol.1 Part 1 Section V.

    If you are in an established long-term relationship already living in surplus Service Family Accommodation at any of the sites, you will not be required to move out of your Service Family Accommodation to accommodate Service personnel arriving on assignment.

  • If I’m covered by the widened accommodation entitlement policy, will I be entitled to anything else as well?

    There is no entitlement or eligibility for any other supporting payments or allowances conferred by entitlement to Service Family Accommodation.

  • Who can I contact about WAE(LL)?

    Queries: [email protected]

    Complaints: [email protected]

Further information

Visit the Defence Accommodation policy pages (GOV.UK)

View the Modernised Accommodation Offer FAQs pages.

Who to contact

The Accommodation Support Cell is a team of dedicated Civil Servants specialising in answering questions on how the Modern Accommodation Offer applies to you. Contact them via email Monday to Friday: [email protected]