What is a Disabled Facility Grant and how can I apply for one?
A Disabled Facility Grant (DFG) is a grant provided by a local council, to fund adaptation works to a property in order to meet a disabled person’s needs and make it more accessible for them.
In order to qualify , the applicant must be either:-
- A homeowner;
- A private tenant;
- A landlord with a disabled tenant;
- A local authority tenant;
- A housing association tenant.
The adaptation works can include but are not restricted to:-
- Installing a ramp or handrails to the front of the property and possibly the back door if recommended by an OT;
- Widening the entrance door and possibly the back door if recommended by an OT;
- Installing a stair lift or a through floor lift;
- Adaptations to bathrooms and toilets, including flush floor showers, specialist WCs and Closo-mats;
- Ensuring access to a room to sleep in;
- Facilitating the preparation and cooking of food;
- Adjusting the height and position of light switches and plug sockets;
- Installing an enhanced fire alarm for those with hearing difficulties.
An application for a DFG is made by applying to the local council within which the property is located. Further information can be found on this website https://www.gov.uk/apply-disabled-facilities-grant.
A grant of up to £30,000 can be awarded in England, up to £36,000 in Wales and up to £25,000 in Northern Ireland. Its important to note that the grant will not impact on an individual’s welfare benefits entitlement. The grant will either be paid in instalments or in a lump sum, on completion of the works.
The local council is also likely to instruct an occupational therapist, who will undertake an assessment and recommend what works are appropriate for the persons needs. This is often done alongside a private OT’s input who is able to make representations on behalf of a disabled individual to the local authority. All works will need to be deemed appropriate and proportionate.
With regards to repayment of the grant, each council will have its own policy. However, generally the grant will not need to be paid back if the applicant remains living at the property for an extended period after the works have completed. Some local authorities will place a charge against the property, that will have to be re-paid, if the disabled person moves out and sells the adapted property a few years after the works have been completed. It is important to understand the relevant council’s policy in that regard before taking up the offer of a grant.
If you need assistance in applying for a disabled facility grant, contact our Court of Protection team and we will be happy to assist you.
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