HOUSING key facts Disabled Facilities Grants

Who can apply for a grant?

If you are disabled or someone in your household is,you may qualify for a grant towards providing adaptations and necessary facilities. These are given by local councils.

An applicant can either be the owner or a tenant of the property.
A landlord may apply on behalf of a disabled tenant.

Mandatory grant.

If you are disabled, grant is mandatory for essential adaptations to give you better freedom of movement into and around your home and to essential facilities within it. Where necessary it can also provide the essential facilities. The types of work are:-

To make it easier to get into and out of the dwelling by, for example, widening doors and installing ramps.

Ensuring the safety of the disabled person and other occupants by, for example, providing a specially adapted room in which it would be safe to leave a disabled person unattended or improved lighting to ensure better visibility.

To make access easier to the living room.

By providing or improving access to the bedroom, and kitchen, toilet, washbasin and bath (and / or shower) facilities, for example, by installing a stair lift or providing a downstairs bathroom.

To improve or provide a heating system in your home which is suitable to the needs of the disabled person.

To adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use, and:-
to improve access and movement around the home to enable the disabled person to care for another person who lives in the property, such as a spouse, child or another person for whom the disabled person cares.

Discretionary grant.

The council has discretion to give grants for a wide range of other works to make a home suitable for a disabled occupant's accommodation, welfare or employment needs. Such works can include providing a safe play area for a disabled child or providing or adapting an existing room to enable a housebound disabled person to work from home. The council also has a discretion to give a grant for works which qualify for mandatory grants where the cost would exceed the grant limit for such grants. The council will be able to advise you further about these possibilities.

The key success of application is that you can show the work as necessary, appropriate, reasonable and practical.

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