The Government has announced that Fifty million pounds has been allocated to local authorities to help older people and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes.
- Additional funding to help older and disabled people live more independently in their own homes
- £50 million to be provided this year to adapt people’s homes
- Overall, adaptation grants support 50,000 people a year and help people to be discharged from hospital quicker, cutting waiting times
Delivered jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), eligible disabled people of all ages will be able to apply to their local authority for a grant to adapt their home to better meet their needs. Available to homeowners, private renters and those in social housing, the funding will be delivered through the Disabled Facilities Grant and comes on top of the annual £573 million already provided to local authorities for home improvement services.
Providing suitable adaptations to homes, such as wheelchair ramps, handrails, stairlifts or specialist equipment, will mean that when someone is medically fit to be discharged, they will have somewhere safe to be discharged to, freeing up hospital beds for those who need them. As a result, this will help to reduce waiting times, which will be important as the health service approaches the winter months, when pressure on the NHS increases.
More detail for local areas can be found on the Foundations website. Foundations is the DLUHC-funded national body for Disabled Facilities Grant and Home Improvement Agencies. The website includes many case studies from local authorities who are using their Disabled Facilities Grant funding in innovative ways, with strong partnerships between local health, care, and housing partners.
Further information on how local authorities can effectively and efficiently deliver Disabled Facilities Grant funded adaptations to best serve the needs of local older and disabled people is contained in the Disabled Facilities Grant guidance.
Local councils manage their social housing waiting lists and must give people who need to move for medical or welfare reasons priority. Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes to buy and rent, including new supported housing for disabled people.