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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

SFA - CAAS - Location factor Review

CHAIN OF COMMAND BRIEFING

COMBINED ACCOMMODATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (CAAS) FOR SERVICE FAMILY ACCOMMODATION (SFA) WIDER UK LOCATION FACTOR

NOTIFICATION OF POLICY CHANGE THAT REVISES LOCATION CLASSIFICATION FOR SFA

* Service Personnel in SFA affected by this policy change will receive a letter (copy attached for information) on 1 July 2020 notifying them of a change to CAAS charges to be introduced from 1 October 2020.

* The policy change will bring CAAS charging in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in line with England by introducing a location assessment based on access to local services.

* Calculation using this method has been used in England since 2016, but data on access to key amenities was not available at the time in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, therefore was only applied across SFA in England.

* Accommodation charges are determined by three factors: condition, scale and location. This change refers only to the Location factor of the charging.

* This change will mean that CAAS is measured in the same way for all Service Family Accommodation across the UK. This change has been developed collaboratively with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and is fully endorsed by single Service Housing Colonels. This will deliver a fairer application of the UK Location Factor.

* Information on how CAAS charging is worked out, how it will affect individuals and how to challenge the change to Location factor element will be detailed within the letter.

* Full details of the policy will be available in JSP 464 Volume 3 Parts 1 and 2. These will be published 1 October 2020 and a link will be provided to access specific accessibility data. Updates on the policy will also be located on GOV.UK, Defnet and the MOD intranet DIO CAAS pages.

* Changes will not be backdated and only apply to the charges from 1 October 2020 onwards.

Service personnel can make a formal challenge within 28 days from 1 October 2020 if they disagree with the change to this element of their charge. Details of the challenge process have been included in the letter and are published in JSP 464 Volume 3 part 1.

Click on the link to read the CAAS Location STANDARD letter


Click on the link to read the Location Factor Review FAQs