Disabled facilities grants
If you or someone that you live with has a disability, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to pay for adaptations to your home. To qualify, the person for whom the adaptations are being considered must –
- have substantially impaired sight, hearing or speech
- have mental health issues
- be substantially physically disabled by illness, injury or impairment
Adaptations can help you live more independently and can improve access into or around your home. They include things such as -
- widening of doors
Financial help may also be available to make a property safe and suitable for the needs of a disabled person, or to help a disabled person to care for another person who lives in the property.
The grant, which is means tested, is available to both home owners, private tenants and housing association tenants and can provide up to £30,000 of financial support. Any work carried out must be necessary to meet the needs of the disabled person, and also be reasonable and practical given the age and condition of the property. If the works are for a disabled child (under 19), and the parents are in receipt of child benefit, there is no means test. If you have to pay anything you will be told how much when you apply. You may be able to get a loan to help you cover the cost.
If you would like adaptations making to your home for someone who is elderly or an adult with disabilities, please telephone 01482 300 300.
If you would like adaptations making to your home for a child with disabilities, please telephone 01482 300 300 and ask to speak to the children and families disability team.
More information on housing adaptations for children with disabilities