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12 Apr - Families overseas to see changes to chip and pin services at Forces Post Offices (FPOs)
AFF Germany Roadshow 2016 Q&As
Army families to avoid excess mortgage fees if posted overseas
Improved mobile phone measures announced for Forces families overseas
Enhancing the overseas offer: a step in the right direction
AFF secures change to student funding for Forces families
Free School Meals for Infant classes overseas
Understanding overseas
Great news for families overseas with children at university
Good news for families claiming JSA after an overseas posting
SFA charges overseas: more good news for families
Great news for families living overseas
Fantastic news for families - Increased School Children Visits Overseas – AFF in Action
The hidden cost of moving back from overseas
Counting the cost of your overseas posting

 

Families overseas to see changes to chip and pin services at Forces Post Offices (FPOs)

From 1 May, there will be changes to the amount British Forces Post Office (BFPO) customers overseas can withdraw using the chip and pin facility. AFF has been in contact with BFPO HQ to understand the rationale behind these changes and you can find out more by clicking here.

Sarah Baade, Chief Executive of AFF, said,
“We understand these limits have been imposed to comply with directives imposed by HM Treasury and we are now working to understand and monitor how these changes will affect families in overseas locations. I would encourage anyone who has concerns to contact their local AFF Co-ordinator so that we are able to collect evidence to help us understand the issues further and raise any concerns up the chain of command.”

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AFF Germany Roadshow 2016 Q&As

This autumn’s AFF Germany Roadshow saw a great turnout of families, command and local organisations. We now have the answers for all questions asked on the day itself and those submitted in advance. These answers have been provided by the chain of command and subject matter experts. Click here to see the full list. Hot topics on the day included the timescale for the drawdown of BFG and the move back to the UK. The provision of children’s education in BFG and continuity on moving back to the UK was another key theme. The importance of providing information to families about the commitments of 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade was also highlighted. Many actions were taken away by the chain of command, such as looking into the policy of carpet replacement in the SFA in Germany. 

If you have any comments or additional questions about family life in Germany contact our Germany Regional Manager, Katy Brookfield on 0049 (0)1525 7435450 or rmgermany@aff.org.uk 

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Army families to avoid excess mortgage fees if posted overseas

AFF is thrilled that after a great deal of campaigning, Army families posted overseas could be able to rent out their homes without facing higher mortgage charges or having to change their existing mortgage deal, saving them time and money.

At present, many Army families who rent out their homes during an overseas posting have to change their residential mortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage, often incurring new product charges and an increased rate of interest. Read more

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AFF in ActionImproved mobile phone measures announced for Forces families overseas

AFF is delighted by the news that Armed Forces families posted overseas will finally be able to suspend their UK mobile phone contracts, under new government plans.

An AFF survey back in 2013 found that 87% of respondents experienced difficulty in being released from a mobile phone contract when posted overseas. Whilst some providers were flexible if Service personnel were deployed on operations, this was not extended to overseas postings or Service families.

With the MOD no longer including phone calls in the Local Overseas Allowance (LOA) this left families who continued to pay for their contract, out of pocket. Read more

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AFF in ActionEnhancing the overseas offer: a step in the right direction

Funding has been approved to enhance the overseas offer for Army families. The Defence Board has recognised the importance, not only of having suitably-skilled personnel to undertake overseas assignments, but also of accompanied Service.

The enhancements will take effect from 1 April 2015 and include the increase in School Children’s Visits (SCVs) from three to six. Read more

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AFF secures change to student funding for Forces families

AFF is delighted that, after much campaigning, Service families should now find it easier to enrol on distance learning courses while posted overseas. Read more

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Free School Meals for Infant classes overseas

In September 2014, the Government announced that state funded schools in England (including academies and free schools) would offer a free lunch to every primary school pupil in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. MOD regulations on this have been published and if you are living overseas and have a child in these or equivalent years, then your child is now eligible for free school meals. Read more

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Understanding overseas

AFF is pleased to publish the findings from our most comprehensive overseas survey to date, which looked at the whole of your overseas experience. The survey had 438 responses from 40 countries. Read more

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AFF in ActionGreat news for families overseas with children at university

We are delighted to announce that SCV flights for children in tertiary education have increased from one return journey to three return journeys per academic year. Read more

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Good news for families claiming JSA after an overseas posting

AFF is delighted with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announcement that spouses and children (up to 21 years) returning to the UK after accompanying Service personnel on overseas assignments, will be exempted from the three month residence rule required to claim income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). Read more

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SFA charges overseas: more good news for families

The Combined Accommodation Assessment System (CAAS) for families living in Service Families Accommodation (SFA) will be implemented in April 2016. Read more

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AFF SUCCESSGreat news for families living overseas

AFF is thrilled that, after much campaigning, Contribution in lieu of council tax (CILOCT) is to be removed from all overseas postings. Read more

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Fantastic news for families - Increased School Children Visits Overseas – AFF in Action

AFF is delighted to announce that the number of School Children’s Visits available for families assigned overseas has doubled. Provision will increase from 3 return journeys per year to 6, from 1 April 2015. It is important to note that a condition of the allowance is that a parental contribution will be made to each SCV. Read more

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The hidden cost of moving back from overseas

Living abroad and want to use the Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) Scheme? Read more

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Counting the cost of your overseas posting

AFF recently closed its survey on Disturbance Expense and we owe you a huge thank you! 

Incredibly, over 1,000 of you took part over the past week or so from 47 countries spanning six continents – from the USA to Malaysia to South Africa. Read more

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