Disabled Facilities Grant
What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
It is a government funded grant to help with home adaptations such as stair lifts, widening of doors or a downstairs bathroom to name a few examples.
Will it affect my other benefits?
It won’t affect any other benefits that you are getting. Depending on your income you may need to pay towards the cost of the work. Although some children under eighteen can get a grant without their parents income being taken into account. Contact your local council for more information.
How are situations deemed eligible?
All work has to be approved by the council who need to be confident that the work is necessary and appropriate to the disabled persons needs. It must also be able to be reasonably done in the property in question, taking into account the age and condition of said property.
The person applying for the grant must either own the property or be a council tenant. In both cases the person applying should intend to live in the property for five years, which is the grant period.
When will the grant be paid?
It will either be paid in instalments as the work is in progress or in full when the work is completed and once the council is happy with the work.
How can I apply?
The starting point is to contact the local council who will send an Occupational Therapist round to check what is required and the details of your claim.
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