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Disabled Facilities Grant applications up to a maximum of £30,000 are considered on a mandatory basis for owner-occupiers and tenants who require adaptations in their homes to enable a disabled person (who may not necessarily be the owner or the tenant) to live more independently.
A wide variety of adaptations can be considered, provided they are necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s need; and reasonable and practicable depending on the age and condition of the property.
The disabled person (and their partner, if applicable) is subject to a means test to determine the level of Grant that they are entitled to, unless the disabled person is a child.
The Council’s Community Care Services Department, which deals with services for disabled people, will carry out an assessment and then make a referral for applicants to be considered for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Contact Care Direct on 01202 454979.
All grants covered by Environmental Health are detailed in the Grants Policy document|.
This grant is available when a disabled person qualifies for a Disabled Facilities Grant and one of the following circumstances exists:-
The grant covers some of the cost of moving house. It includes solicitor’s fees, estate agent’s fees, removal costs, and other essential costs considered on an individual basis. £8,000 is the maximum reasonable cost that the Council will pay.
In each case, the applicant’s contribution to the cost will be assessed in the same way as for a Disabled Facilities Grant.
The new home might require work that qualifies for a Disabled Facilities Grant. If so, any applicant’s contribution to the Relocation Grant will be taken into account when calculating the amount of the Disabled Facilities Grant
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