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FEDERATION


Accommodation Matters


By Stan Brathwaite, RAF FF Housing Specialist


SFAAdaptations An enduring area of concern is the manner in which welfare cases are handled especially for adaptations. Depending on the complexity of the case, there can be arange of requirements needed to support the family. They can be as diverse as casework from the SSAFAwelfare team, an occupational therapist report, input from the SCSO,the Padre, or the SMO as well as from specialist Consultants; plus asignificant input from CarillionAmey (CA) and or the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).


If you have experienced the SFA adaptation process, Iwould very much appreciate hearing from you about how your situation was handled (or is being handled). This


16 Envoy Summer 2017


will assist us in providing more informed evidence to DIO,CAand the Chain of Command.


Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Like you, we wait to hear about the final shape of FAM. Work is ongoing in consultation with the single Services, and we are told that anumber of options remain on the table.


However,weare aware that the latest thinking on FAMisthat it will not be a‘one-size-fits-all’ solution: some personnel will continue to live in SFAand SLA; some will rent accommodation from the private housing market, with Defence committing to retain the subsidy to keep rents low; others will be supported to live in their own homes. So whatever


it looks like, it will probably be complicated!


Before implementation commences with apilot in late 2018, there are many key questions to tackle… What will the SDSR commitment to reduce the built estate by 30%, reduce infrastructure costs and rationalise the accommodation estate look like when balanced against the acknowledged


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