FAM – a COVID-19 update

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This is an unprecedented time for all of us and the FAM team is closely following government guidance and adhering to its advice.

The Pilot is unable to operate exactly as it was designed to. However, it will continue to support Service personnel (SP) with some small adjustments until Government restrictions are lifted and SP Assignment Orders (AOs) operate normally.

FAM update as of 1 April 2020:

Although the Pilot will operate as normal, the following restrictions will apply until further notice:

  • Private Rental Scheme (PRS) applications will be processed but due to current Government COVID-19 restrictions SP will be informed that they should not take any further action (apply for PRS payments/deposits) until the FAM Cell notify them to do so.[1]
  • Once the COVID-19 government restrictions are lifted, if a SP who has had to be allocated SFA during this period, but would have taken the PRS option in normal circumstances, he/she will have that choice to mid-tour move (at MOD expense subject to policy) should they choose to do so.

The following processes will continue:

  • Accommodation Preference Forms (APF) should be completed
  • Pilot payments and allowances (no new PRS payments will be paid)  

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your local FAM Cell team – you can reach them by using the following email addresses as they are operating as usual, albeit remotely during this period:

The FAM team will continue to monitor the current situation, and respond as necessary. We will keep you updated with any updates as the weeks unfold.

[1]   This course of action complies with the Government direction by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) that “Home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus (COVID-19)”. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

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