SFA/SSFA Charges & Allowances


Both SFA and SSFA are charged according to the current 4 Tier Grading Scheme

Charges are set by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body which is independent of MOD and DIO; the charges are subsidised compared to what you would pay on civvy street so as to reflect the lack of choice and other issues associated with Army life.

Charges are taken directly from your soldier’s pay so when you move, it is very important to check that you are paying the correct amount for your new SFA/SSFA.

A new charging system will commence in April 2016 – for more details click here.  

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Housing retention: an AFF win!
SFA and garage charges 2015
Changes to garage charges
CILOCT and CTR
How charges raised on Move Out are collected in the UK
Disturbance Expense - all you need to know

 

AFF WinHousing retention: an AFF win!

18 months ago, all three Families Federations lobbied for a change to housing retention policy to allow spouses who had started a course or signed a work contract which tied in with a posting order, to retain their SFA if their soldier was short-toured.

AFF was delighted when this change to the policy was made, however, some families told us that, on moving at the end of the retention period, their move was considered to be mid-tour and they weren’t eligible for removals or Disturbance Expense (DE).  Read more

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SFA and Garage Charges 2015

Click here to download the SFA and garage charges for 2015.

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Changes to garage charges

Is your garage currently classified as substandard and are you on a lower tariff? If so, in future it might be re-assessed as standard.

However, even if your current garage is re-assessed and qualifies as standard, your tariff will not change whilst in post – instead, the next people to move in after will be charged at a standard rate. Read more

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CILOCT and CTR

Contribution in lieu of council tax (CILOCT) is what all families living in SFA/SSFA or soldiers in SLA pay instead of council tax. CILOCT is collected by the MOD and then paid to the councils dependent on how many SFA/SLA are in their area. Read more

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How charges raised on Move Out are collected in the UK

As of October 2013, all charges for damages and deficiencies on SFA and SSFA in the UK are now recovered from the soldier's pay – this is to reduce the time and costs involved with chasing those who don’t currently pay on time (or at all). See the Move In / Move Out page for full details.

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Disturbance Expense - all you need to know

Entitlement to Disturbance Expense

“The aim of Disturbance Expense (DE) is to contribute towards the necessary additional expenses that arise when the Services require their personnel to make a qualifying move to or from a RWA on permanent assignment.” 

We’ve all had those moves where DE has been more than the costs incurred with moving and also those where it doesn’t quite cover it – the amount of DE we receive is based on many factors such as mail redirection and transit insurance. Read more

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AFF is interested to hear your views or concerns about issues discussed on our website. Please email us at housing@aff.org.uk.


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