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Disabled Facility Grants

Help for Disabled People

Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants are available for providing adaptations and facilities to enable a disabled person to remain in their own home.

Eligible works include:

  • a level access shower in place of a bath
  • a stair lift to enable the disabled person to reach first floor washing and toilet facilities
  • an extension to provide necessary ground floor accommodation
  • door widening and access facilities such as ramps and hard standing

Who can apply?

Owner-occupiers, landlords or tenants.

The applicant may not necessarily be the disabled person for whom the works are required but applying on behalf of the disabled person.

Applicants in receipt of an income related benefit will be fast-tracked. Relevant benefits include:

Housing Benefit

Income Support

Income based Jobseekers Allowance

Working Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £15,050

Child Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £15,050

Guaranteed Pension Credit

The following benefits are not income related:

Attendance Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Incapacity Benefit

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

War Disablement Benefit

If they are not receiving one of these benefits, adult disabled people and their partners will be means tested to see if they can afford to pay for some of the work themselves.

In the case of a disabled child (0-16 years old), the means test does not apply.

In the case of a young person (16th-19th birthday), the means test does not apply if the young person is still in ordinary, non-advanced, full-time education.

How much is the grant?

The maximum grant is £30,000.

Are there any other conditions?

The applicant will need to certify that the disabled person intends to live in the property for five years after the grant is paid.

A limited charge will be placed on owner occupied properties (requiring grant repayment to the Council), if it is sold within ten years. This applies where the cost of the grant exceeds £5,000 and the maximum charge (maximum repayment) will be £10.000.

Initially the needs of the disabled person will need to be assessed.

Therefore your first enquiry should be to the Community Occupational Therapy Service Central Access Team. Tel: 01296 383204 or via your GP.

For more information contact the Housing Standards Officer Tel: 01494 732013