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Disabled facilities grant

Please note that the Housing Renewal Assistance and Adaptations Policy is currently under review.

Who can apply for a disabled facilities grant (DFG)?

An applicant must either be the owner of the dwelling or be a tenant, and be able to provide us with the necessary ‘owners or tenants certificate’. However, tenants of council properties may have their adaptation needs met directly by us without the need to apply for a DFG.

  • a landlord may apply on behalf of a disabled tenant
  • private tenants will need to seek permission from their landlord prior to works being carried out
  • although tenants may apply themselves, housing associations frequently choose to apply on behalf of tenants.

How will the grant be calculated?

All grant applications will be subject to a test of the resources of the disabled person and their spouse or partner, which assesses how much, if anything they must contribute to the cost of the works. The amount of grant is what is needed to meet the cost of the works over and above the applicants contribution.

How much can I receive?

The maximum grant that can be paid is £30,000 per application. The amount of grant will be decided by a test of financial resources (a means test) looking at the income and capital of the disabled person and their spouse or partner.

What is the grant available for?

The assistance is available for adaptations to facilitate better access into and around the home and for essential provisions within it for the disabled applicant and his or her family.

Common adaptations include widening doors, installing ramps, stairlifts and level-access showers. Our occupational therapist will decide what adaptations are necessary and appropriate.

Are there any conditions?

Yes. Landlords are required to make the property available for letting by the tenant for a period of five years upon completion of the work. Private and housing association tenants will be required to sign an undertaking of their intention to continue to reside in the property for five years upon completion of the work. For owner occupier applicants, disabled facilities grants will become local land charges and are subject to a condition period of ten years from the certified date.

How do I apply?

The tenant must be referred to our Social Care Team for an assessment of their needs.

Should you require further information regarding the disabled facilities grant, please contact the Private Sector Housing Assistance Team. You can find their contact details on this page.

Mandatory and discretionary DFGs

The prominent purpose for which mandatory disabled facilities grant is given is that of access and provision: this includes access into and around the dwelling, to essential facilities and amenities within the dwelling and the provision of certain facilities within the dwelling, such as making the building safe, where this is the only or most suitable option.

The purposes for which discretionary disabled facilities grants are available are for works to make the dwelling suitable for the accommodation, welfare or employment of the disabled person.

Disabled facilities grant (DFG) priority pointing

This is an assessment process which aims to identify and evaluate the level of need, risk and urgency for a disabled adaptation, by taking into account the following:

  • the reason why the adaptation is required
  • the mobility of the disabled person and their ability to move around their existing home and access the facilities
  • the risk to their health and safety should the adaptation be delayed or not carried out
  • whether the person is a child or a young person aged under 18 years
  • whether or not previous adaptations have been carried out, which partially meet their current needs
  • the length of time that the person has been waiting for the adaptation

By adopting this approach we can ensure that the funding available for DFGs is used to assist those applicants in greatest need.

For further information about how to apply for a grant please contact us.

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