SFA/SSFA Charges & Allowances


SFA and SSFA are charged according to the new Combined Accommodation Assessment Scheme (CAAS), see the new system explained here, or for more details click here

SFA and SSFA in BFG are still being charged according to the old 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 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.

On this page:

SFA and garage charges 2016/17
CILOCT and CTR
Changes to garage charges
CAAS: an update
Combined Accommodation Assessment Scheme (CAAS) - how to challenge
AFPRB recommendations - How will this affect your housing charges?
Housing retention: an AFF win!
How charges raised on move-out are collected in the UK
Disturbance Expense - all you need to know

 

SFA and garage charges 2016/17

For details of the charges for all CAAS bands and how they compare to the old 4TG charges, click here

Click here to download the SFA and garage charges for 2016/17.  

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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. If you are posted abroad, you no longer pay CILOCT (as of 1 April 2016) as part of the enhanced overseas package. Read more

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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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CAAS: an update

AFF is aware that families are frustrated by the following issues regarding CAAS:

  • The final banding being much higher than the estimate letter
  • Inaccuracies in the final banding documentation
  • A confusing and less than accessible challenge process
  • A lack of detail on the assessment documentation explaining the criteria for grading
  • A lack of transparency on some data.

Below is an initial attempt by AFF to respond to your concerns. Read more

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Combined Accommodation Assessment Scheme (CAAS) - how to challenge

Once you have received the letter with your final banding (this should be at move-in), if you disagree with the band, you will have 28 days in which to challenge it.  Read more

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AFPRB recommendations - How will this affect your housing charges?

On the 8th March 2016 the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB), the independent group which sets pay and charges for the MOD, released its recommendations for the next financial year 2016/2017. Read more

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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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How charges raised on move-out are collected in the UK

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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