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RAF Wittering pilot scheme to improve personnel housing choice hailed a success




A pilot scheme to overhaul how service personnel are housed has been hailed as a success at RAF Wittering.

The station was one of just three sites chosen to trial the MoD Future Accommodation Model (FAM), which launched there in June 2020.

More than 300 applications were processed at Wittering in the first year of the scheme which aims to give personnel and their families more choice over where, how, and with whom they live.

Group Captain Jo Lincoln in conversation with Air Vice Marshal Maria Byford on the FAM launch day in June 2020. Photo: Crown Copyright
Group Captain Jo Lincoln in conversation with Air Vice Marshal Maria Byford on the FAM launch day in June 2020. Photo: Crown Copyright

Danielle Rigby, who led the FAM Project at Wittering, said: “For me, this is about making sure our people can find the right place to live.

"Being able to choose the town, choose the house, choose the décor, choose the school; all these things make a difference to wellbeing and morale. "

Lack of suitable accommodation forced some personnel to opt out of subsidised accommodation under the current national system which is also based, in part, on rank rather than need, such as the size of a service person’s family.

The new scheme has given personnel more choice over where they can live. Photo: Crown Copyright
The new scheme has given personnel more choice over where they can live. Photo: Crown Copyright

FAM is also not dependent on relationship status and is open to all eligible personnel whether single, married, in a civil partnership or long-term relationship.

Group Captain Jo Lincoln, Station Commander at RAF Wittering, said: “It’s an honour Wittering was chosen as a pilot site for FAM.

"Danielle and her team, supported by my personnel support flight, have given everything they can to getting this project off the ground over the last year."



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