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21 Aug - Another result for AFF – DIO to review CAAS location data
25 Jul - SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey
24 Jul - Your SFA: who is responsible?
07 Jul - Improved access to student loans for Army spouses and partners: an AFF win
04 Jul - AFF achieves housing success on behalf of Army families
AFF reassures families of fire safety in multi-storey SFA
Don’t let an overseas posting affect your National Insurance record
National Insurance contributions: effect on State Pension
AFF VIEW: The General Election and Voting
Celebrating 35 years of support for Army families
20 military spouses to benefit from FREE digital training
Families overseas to see changes to chip and pin services at Forces Post Offices (FPOs)
Latest AFF report details Army families’ concerns
Are your dependent children registered on JPA?
New improved mail service to help your family keep in touch
Forces pay increase announced at just one per cent
Did you know broadband and media packages are now fairer for your family?
Concerns over FAM gain wider coverage
Are you leaving the Armed Forces in the next 10 months?
Training and career opportunities for military community
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
New Year, new career: FREE employability sessions for Army spouses/partners in Wiltshire
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
AFF awarded Libor money for vital research into Army family life
Service families to benefit from CMI membership
Covenant commitments: ensuring your future
FREE accounting courses for Army families
Forces in Mind Trust welcomes AFF Chief Executive to its Grants and Commissioning Committee
Making the Armed Forces Covenant more worthwhile

 

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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Your SFA: who is responsible?

DIO has created a short video called ‘We all have a part to play’, which is available on DII or YouTube. 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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AFF reassures families of fire safety in multi-storey SFA

Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London, AFF has approached DIO on families’ behalf to clarify whether multi-storey SFA features any external cladding, which would potentially present a fire risk. Read more

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Don’t let an overseas posting affect your National Insurance record

If you have accompanied your soldier on an overseas posting, you may have gaps in your National Insurance (NI) contributions record. This could affect your future entitlement to State Pension and other benefits. Read more

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National Insurance contributions: effect on State Pension

AFF is aware of a current petition regarding changes to the National Insurance (NI) contributions Forces’ personnel make. Read more

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AFF VIEW: The General Election and Voting

Since the announcement of the general election a fortnight ago, AFF has been working tirelessly to try to understand how this will affect Service personnel and their families. We are confident that those serving in the UK will be able to exercise their democratic right to vote and would encourage all families to make sure they are registered to vote. 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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20 military spouses to benefit from FREE digital training

QA, the UK’s largest tech training and apprenticeships company, has pledged to help members of the military community, including military spouses, to join the civilian workforce. Read more

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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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Latest AFF report details Army families’ concerns

AFF dealt with 9,374 enquiries in 2016, from Army families across the globe. Our latest edition of Families’ Concerns is out now and reports upon the issues and actions we’ve taken in the last year in support of the families who contacted us. 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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New improved mail service to help your family keep in touch

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced a new electronic mailing system for friends and family to send letters to personnel serving around the world. Read more

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Forces pay increase announced at just one per cent

The Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body has released a report detailing their recommendations on military pay, allowances and charges from April 2017.  Read more

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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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Are you leaving the Armed Forces in the next 10 months?

AFF is conducting research into the experience of families when their soldier leaves the Army. We are looking for families who will be transitioning (planned or unplanned) out of the Army no later than February 2018. Read more

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Training and career opportunities for military community

Covenant signatory Amazon Web Services (AWS) have pledged support for the military community, including military spouses, with the launch of their AWS re:Start programme, which aims to provide training and potential employment opportunities in computing technology. 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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New Year, new career: FREE employability sessions for Army spouses/partners in Wiltshire

AFF is proud to announce our latest campaign in support of spousal employment. We’ve teamed up with workforce experts Manpower to bring Army families accessible, family-friendly employability advice and support, at a local level. 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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AFF awarded Libor money for vital research into Army family life

AFF is delighted to have received a substantial LIBOR grant to conduct two new pieces of research into Army family life. 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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Forces in Mind Trust welcomes AFF Chief Executive to its Grants and Commissioning Committee

AFF is delighted to announce that our Chief Executive, Sara Baade, has been welcomed onto the Forces in Mind Trust’s Grants and Commissioning Committee. Read more

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Making the Armed Forces Covenant more worthwhile

AFF is excited to announce our latest campaign, ‘Did you know…’ that seeks to share the latest Covenant facts and ensure your family is getting the most from the Armed Forces Covenant.

Did you know that the Covenant is a promise by the nation to our service families to be treated fairly by the society they serve? Read more

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