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23 Nov - AFF STATEMENT ON ‘INCOME TAX: ARMED FORCES ACCOMMODATION ALLOWANCE EXEMPTION’ AS ANNOUNCED IN YESTERDAY’S BUDGET.
23 Nov - Additional needs support from AFF in Colchester
22 Nov - Do you feel stereotyped by others ideas of what it’s like to be part of the military community?
21 Nov - AFF begins new spouse employment project with University of Warwick
17 Nov - AFF film highlights FAM work on behalf of Army families
17 Nov - Protecting your home over winter
17 Nov - AFF tackles the Covenant in Wales
16 Nov - AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade puts forward the concerns of Army families
01 Nov - Your Armed Forces Covenant
AFF Germany Roadshow
The Covenant and your family
SFA Compensation Scheme – High Street Vouchers
Another result for AFF – DIO to review CAAS location data
SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey
Improved access to student loans for Army spouses and partners: an AFF win
AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families
Celebrating 35 years of support for Army families
Are your dependent children registered on JPA?
Did you know broadband and media packages are now fairer for your family?
Concerns over FAM gain wider coverage
AFF receives Defence response to our FAM Manifesto
MOD's FAM survey results released
Did you know? Good news for homeowners redeployed within the UK
AFF responds to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution’s announcement concerning tax rates in Scotland.
AFF and the other Families Federations add families’ view to Covenant Annual Report
AFF launches FAM Manifesto on behalf of Army families
Armed Forces children in Wales share their experiences through short films and digital stories
Service families to benefit from CMI membership
Covenant commitments: ensuring your future
FREE accounting courses for Army families

 

AFF STATEMENT ON ‘INCOME TAX: ARMED FORCES ACCOMMODATION ALLOWANCE EXEMPTION’ AS ANNOUNCED IN YESTERDAY’S BUDGET.

AFF was surprised to see the Armed Forces Allowances Exemption included as part of yesterday’s autumn budget. We are seeking urgent clarification of this, and of the implications for Army families, from the Ministry of Defence and will provide you with an update as soon as we have more information.

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Additional needs support from AFF in Colchester

AFF’s East Anglia Co-ordinator Claire Hallam and Health & Additional needs Specialist Karen Ross recently attended the Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) autumn event in Colchester to meet with families and offer face-to-face AFF support. Read more

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Do you feel stereotyped by others ideas of what it’s like to be part of the military community?

Emma Long, PhD Candidate Sociology/Social Work at Lancaster University, explores how we as a community are perceived by civilians. Have a read here. We’re delighted to see she’s referred to AFF’s own research and evidence and look forward to Emma chairing one of the discussion groups at our Research Symposium next week.

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AFF begins new spouse employment project with University of Warwick

AFF is proud to reveal that, thanks to generous funding from LIBOR, we will now be working in partnership with the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick, to deliver a new employment research project. This will involve talking to Army spouses about what support is available now to help them into work, and where there might be gaps to fill. This exciting new venture has already begun, and is due to be completed by April 2018. Read more

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AFF film highlights FAM work on behalf of Army families

With the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) still in its development stage, the Army Families Federation’s (AFF) newly released film highlights how much the charity remains committed to representing and involving families in the process, with the support of the Army and MOD. Read more

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Protecting your home over winter

Extreme winter weather can have a real impact on your home – from structural damage to flooding. Read more

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AFF tackles the Covenant in Wales

AFF was pleased to have had the opportunity to engage with the Welsh Assembly Cross Party Group on Armed Forces and Cadets in the development of their recent report into the effectiveness of the Armed Forces Covenant in Wales. The report was released on 11 November, and includes several key recommendations in support of Army families in Wales. Read more

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AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade puts forward the concerns of Army families

AFF Chief Executive Sara Baade was delighted to be able to have the opportunity of putting the concerns of Army families before the new Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson and the Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green when they met, along with the other two Families’ Federations at the Cabinet Office on Wednesday. She was attending the Covenant Reference Group External Partners Meeting, where they also discussed the role of the Covenant and how it can be properly and evenly applied across all areas relating to our Armed Forces. The very important issue of accommodation was also raised, particularly in relation to the Future Accommodation Model and the variable standards of dwellings occupied by single soldiers. Other attendees included the Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood, and Chief of Defence People Lt Gen Richard Nugee.

‘I was very glad to meet the new Secretary of State for Defence as well as the Deputy Prime Minster,’ Sara said, speaking after the meeting. ‘We’re honoured to be included in these very important conversations with policy makers, and will always take every opportunity to convey our Army families’ issues to those we believe have the power to make changes.’

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Your Armed Forces Covenant

Have you faced unfair disadvantage simply because of your military lifestyle?

Did a Covenant policy help you get a fair deal?

Share your experience of the Armed Forces Covenant with us and help us build a picture of the real Covenant in action – you could win one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC Technology, just for taking part. Read more

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AFF Germany Roadshow

AFF’s Germany Roadshow in Montgomery’s, Paderborn, was one of our most successful ever, with a high turnout of families taking the chance to speak directly to the chain of command and subject matter experts from all walks of Army life.

This year we were honoured to have the presence of Brigadier Ian Bell, Commander British Forces Germany, and Brigadier Mike Elviss, Commander 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade on our panel, as well as AFF’s Chief Exec, Sara Baade, who facilitated the many questions from all the families attending. Read the full article.

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The Covenant and your family

In a recent AFF quick poll, 84% of you had heard about the Armed Forces Covenant, but almost two thirds didn’t think it made a difference to their family.

We’re really keen to make you aware of relevant Covenant policies and developments and highlight the special considerations in place to guard against unfair disadvantage due to your soldier’s service. Read more

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SFA Compensation Scheme – High Street Vouchers

AFF is delighted to report that DIO has announced that the problems surrounding the issue of High Street Vouchers to successful SFA Compensation Scheme claimants have now been resolved. Read more

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Another result for AFF – DIO to review CAAS location data

We’re delighted to be able to report that DIO will now be reviewing some of the factors affecting proposed changes to Army families’ final CAAS band, specifically relating to location. Read more

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SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey

DIO has appointed a new supplier to carry out their regular SFA customer satisfaction survey. Read more

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Improved access to student loans for Army spouses and partners: an AFF win

As of 1 August 2017, Army families posted overseas who wish to undertake a qualifying UK based university or college course can access a loan via Student Finance England. This applies to both full and part time courses, and you no longer need to be in the UK for the first day of the course to qualify. Read more

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AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families

AFF is delighted to announce that after taking families’ concerns surrounding recent letters about the Combined Accommodation Assessment Scheme (CAAS) banding to the DIO CAAS team they have agreed to take positive action to investigate the increased final charge issue some of you were facing. Read more

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Celebrating 35 years of support for Army families

This year, AFF is celebrating 35 years of support for Army families.

From humble beginnings as the Federation of Army Wives Clubs back in 1982, we’ve evolved into a worldwide charity, working on behalf of all Army families – Regular and Reserve, wherever you are based, whatever the make-up of your family. Read more

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Are your dependent children registered on JPA?

Declaring dependent Service children on JPA can enable appropriate allowances to be obtained, enable paternity and adoption leave requests and can have an influence on allocation of Service housing and potential assignments.

To complete the registration process, your soldier should provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate to their unit HR who will complete the JPA process. For more information, contact DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk

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Did you know broadband and media packages are now fairer for your family?

AFF is delighted with the announcement from Defence Minister Mark Lancaster that Service personnel posted within the UK or overseas will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages. Read more

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Concerns over FAM gain wider coverage

AFF is delighted to see journalists and politicians supporting military families’ and our own concerns around the Future Accommodation Model (FAM). Read more

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AFF receives Defence response to our FAM Manifesto

Following on from the incredible reaction we had to our Big Survey 2016: The Future of Military Housing, we developed the AFF FAM Manifesto as a direct response to the feedback we received from families.  

Here at AFF, we try to be balanced in our approach to all things, including the proposals around FAM, and appreciate there are many different views in this discussion. Read more

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MOD's FAM survey results released

The findings from the MOD’s FAM survey, which attracted over 12,000 responses from Army personnel, have now been released. AFF wants to make clear that this survey was created and driven by MOD and was separate to our own Big Survey 2016: The Future of Military Housing. Read more

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Did you know? Good news for homeowners redeployed within the UK

AFF is pleased to learn that the Government has extended support available to Service personnel and their families who own a home but are then posted overseas, to include those redeployed within the UK. Read more

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AFF responds to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution’s announcement concerning tax rates in Scotland. 

The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Derek Mackay, confirmed that he would not change income tax rates or bands and would also not replicate the UK Treasury’s tax cut for higher earners. This means that the 40% income tax rate will start at £43,430 in Scotland but will start at £45,000 elsewhere in the UK from April 2017. For further information on this, please click here

AFF is concerned that if this is applied to military personnel serving in Scotland, some could face a significant financial disadvantage as a result of their jobs. We are urgently seeking clarification from the MOD as to whether there will be an exemption for military personnel and will update families as soon as we know more.

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AFF and the other Families Federations add families’ view to Covenant Annual Report

The Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report for 2016 is now published and, once again, the Families Federations were invited to comment and give serving families’ view on this important document. Read more

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AFF launches FAM Manifesto on behalf of Army families

Following on from AFF’s work ensuring Army families’ voices are heard during planning for the Future Accommodation Model (FAM), we have now developed the AFF FAM Manifesto. Read more

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Armed Forces children in Wales share their experiences through short films and digital stories

Two powerful films and a bank of digital stories have been launched to raise awareness of what life is like for Armed Forces schoolchildren in Wales. Read more

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Service families to benefit from CMI membership

AFF is pleased with news the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and pledged to support Service spouses and partners in gaining leadership qualifications to help them further their career.  Read more

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Covenant commitments: ensuring your future

Did you know that as part of the commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, you and your soldier should not be disadvantaged in your career goals and pension? Read more

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FREE accounting courses for Army families

If you’re interested in bolstering your employment skills, why not apply to take part in the ACCA-X programme from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Read more

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