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Thursday 20th June 2024

Small station accommodation charges are being introduced from 01 August 2024. Find out about the changes and the implications here.

Small station accommodation charges

Initially, a flat rate accommodation charge will be introduced based on the lowest rate, with no further abatements applied including, but not limited to, the reduction by 2 charging bands of the Cost Assurance and Analysis Service (CAAS) Band assessment for all overseas Service Families Accommodation (SFA). This will be SFA at CAAS Band J and SLA at Grade 4 for Charge and, equating to between £20.37 to £82.73 for SFA and £29.50 to £81.51 for SLA a month for Service Personnel.

Further work is underway to ensure that, in due course, an equitable charging methodology is in place for small stations in supported and unsupported locations.

Q&A

1. Why is this happening?

Changes to Living Overseas Allowances (LOA) policy have removed a previous exemption to accommodation and utility charges at small stations. All Service personnel assigned overseas should be liable for accommodation charges which help fund the provision and maintenance of accommodation.

The number of Service personnel living in a location should not affect the charges for publicly provided accommodation.

2. What/where are small stations?

Small Stations is a term previously used to define Small Station Local Overseas Allowance (SSLOA) for an overseas location that have 20 or fewer Service personnel.

Locations previously reported 20 or fewer Service personnel are:

Ascension, Belize, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jerusalem, Jordan, Korea Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine.

3. How many Service personnel will be affected?

There are roughly 260 Service personnel posted to locations previously classified as small stations.

4. I am already living in a small station. Will this affect me?

Charges will apply equally to those due to be posted as well as those already stationed in such locations from 01 August 2024.

5. Will this be retrospective?

No, we will not charge back payments for the period between when SSLOA ceased to the implementation of small station charges.

6. What is happening with overseas abatements?

Current abatements listed in JSP464 remain extant. Due to Small Station charges being set at the lowest payable band for charge, applying abatements would mean Service personnel pay no accommodation charges, which is not the intent.

7. What do I need to do?

Service Personnel already living at a small station location will need to be tagged on JPA as having Single Living Accommodation (SLA) at Grade 4 for Charge and SFA at CAAS Band J. This action can be conducted any time before 01 August 2024 without charges commencing.

On 01 August 2024, Service personnel will need the tick box that exempts them from charges due to being in a Small Station to be unticked.

8. Will I be charged for Fuel and Light (F&L) or utilities?

F&L or utility charges will not commence with this change to accommodation charges. Work is under way to confirm how these will be charged in the future.

9. How can I complain or challenge my new band for Charge?

All small stations properties will be on the lowest band for charge, either CAAS band J or Four Tier Grading band 4. This will mean that, until the property is assessed to its accurate band for charge, no challenge is valid.

Further information and links to relevant DIN here (Sway) > 

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