When leaving the military one of the most important things to organise is where to live. Whether you have lived in service accommodation and are now looking to rent or buy a property to live in, or whether you already own your own property, but may be considering relocating to a new area, this guide will provide an overview of useful information, articles and links.
The CTP hosts a number of housing briefing events which are managed by the MOD’s Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) at all CTP Regional Resettlement Centre (RRC) locations on a regular basis. Additional briefings are also hosted at RAF Brize Norton, Kinloss Barracks, RAF Lossiemouth, Germany (primarily Paderborn) and Cyprus. JSHAO provides information and guidance for those leaving the military and currently resident in service accommodation, who are considering their options regarding civilian housing when they leave service. JSHAO can also signpost the single veteran to the help offered by the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for Ex-Services (SPACES).
54 events will take place in 2016, of which 29 will be held at or near CTP RRCs. For those registered for Resettlement, attendance is treated as duty (so allowances may apply), but briefing events may be attended at any point in a Service person’s career, although priority is given to Service Leavers. Housing briefings are "All Ranks" and spouses are welcome to attend, as is anyone from within the military welfare community so that they can support the Service person.
In Germany the briefings will be held at Paderborn and Gutersloh until closure in July 2016, after which only Paderborn will remain as an event venue until Germany draws down completely. Contact your local AEC or call the CTP Booking Line on 0203 162 4410.
In Cyprus briefings are held at RAF Akrotiri, Dhekelia and Episkopi twice a year. Contact the BFC 55AEC IERO or call the CTP Booking Line on 0203 162 4410.
JSHAO have produced a series of useful leaflets which can be found on the www.gov.uk
website by using the Search Engine and typing JSHAO. There are a total of 28 handouts covering topics such as Forces Help to Buy; House Purchase; Private Rental; Affordable Home Ownership Schemes; Social Housing and the MOD Referral Scheme; Understanding Council Tax; Removals; Local Authorities (by Region), and SPACES.
For further details and information you can contact the JSHAO by email: AWS-JSHAO-Mailbox@mod.uk
or by telephone on 01252 787574 (Civ.) or 94222 7574 (Mil.). The team are located at HQ Sp Comd, Aldershot, HANTS.
Living & Working Abroad
Many people consider moving abroad to settle when they leave the military. Opportunities vary depending on location selected. Emigration Fairs are held on a regular basis at some CTP locations and there are a number of national exhibitions and information events relating to emigration.
Anyone thinking of relocating out with the UK is recommended to carry out extensive research into the range of employment, housing, education and leisure opportunities available in their preferred location. They are also advised to research options for visas via the relevant country embassy/consulate website and proceed accordingly. A number of relocation agents will provide assistance with the relocation process. See the article, "Moving Abroad, things to consider
", for more useful information.