These grants are available to provide adaptations and facilities to help a disabled person to live as independently, and in as much comfort as possible. Disabled Facilities is a mandatory grant for disabled people who do not have access to their home and the basic amenities within it. However, they must qualify on income grounds.
There is currently a waiting list for the Disabled Facilities Grant.
To give you an idea of what types of work are covered, a disabled facilities grant could help to:
- make it easier for you to get in and out of your home
- make it easier for you to access a bedroom, kitchen, toilet, washbasin or a bath/shower
- improve or provide a suitable heating system in your home
- adapt heating and lighting controls to make it easier for you to use them
- make your home safer for you, and
- improve access and movement around your home to enable the disabled person to care for another person who lives in the property, such as a spouse or a child.
Both owner-occupiers and private tenants can apply for a disabled facilities grant. The applicant does not need to be the disabled person, but the applicant should make it clear on whose behalf the application is being made.
Housing Association and Registered Social Landlord tenants should contact their landlord in the first instance.
When applying for a grant, the applicant will be asked to sign a certificate stating that the disabled person intends to live in the property during the grant condition period. The grant condition period is currently five years.
Amount of grant
All grant applicants will be subject to a 'means test' to decide how much, if anything, the applicant must contribute to the cost of the works.
The amount of grant given is the amount needed to meet the costs of the works over and above the applicant's contribution.
There is however, a grant limit for mandatory grants which is currently £30,000, inclusive of fees.
The grants process
Disabled facilities grants are available from the Council's Housing & Development Unit. However, you are advised to make your first approach to the Social Services department.
Social Services will arrange for a Community Occupational Therapist or the Senior Medical Officer to assess the needs of the disabled person. If the disabled person is considered a priority case, they are categorised as 'At Risk'.
If Social Services decide that a grant is appropriate, the case will be referred to the Council's Housing & Development Unit for a disabled facilities grant to be processed. Officers will be available to help you fill in the forms.
Because there is currently a waiting list for disabled facilities grants, applications are prioritised by the Council on the following basis:
- 'At Risk' cases are dealt with first
- Other applications are dealt with in date order
Further information can be obtained from:
Social Services Department
Burnley District Purchasing Team
Tel (01282) 425961