A Disabled Facilities Grant helps pay for essential adaptations to your home to help you live more independently. The grant can only provide funding for adaptations where North Lincolnshire Council are satisfied that the works are necessary and appropriate to meet needs of the disabled person and are reasonable and practicable taking into consideration the age and condition of the property.
Who can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant?
- if you or a family member are disabled, have an impairment and/or are unable to maintain independence in your own home or the home in which you are living, you may be eligible
- the person who applies for the grant does not have to be the disabled person but the adaptations must be for the disabled occupant
- owner-occupiers and tenants (private and social sector) can apply, the grant is tenure neutral, however, you (plus your landlord, where applicable) must sign to state that you intend that the dwelling will continue to be occupied by the disabled person for at least 5 years as their only or main residence.
What adaptations can be funded through the grant?
The grant is designed to carry out essential adaptations to enable a disabled occupant to live more independently. The most common adaptations are:
- stair-lifts/through floor lifts to enable access to first floor bedrooms and bathing facilities
- widening internal and external doors and installing modular ramps or steps to help you get in/out and around your home more easily
- improving access to bathing facilities-this is generally removing your bath and installing a level access shower tray, complete with half-height shower screens, a shower curtain, specialist floor covering and a thermostatically controlled shower unit. Lowering/ changing the wash hand basin and raising/moving the WC are also considered, to make them more accessible.
How is the grant calculated?
It is a legal requirement that all Disabled Facilities Grants for adults are means tested. This is done by assessing the income of the disabled person together with the income of their spouse/partner. The information required includes evidence of all your income, statements for all Bank/Building Society/Post Office accounts etc, all your assets and any benefits you receive.
Subject to the information you provide we can carry out an initial preliminary means test to enable you to make an informed decision to either carry on with your enquiry or to consider funding the works privately. This helps us to ensure that those in the highest financial need are given the most help.
We also provide help/advice to ensure people are receiving the benefits they are entitled to. This is done by working with other departments within North Lincolnshire Council.
If you are in receipt of certain passported benefits (evidence of receipt will be required) you will not have to go through the full means test process and you will not have a contribution to pay towards the cost of the adaptations.
The Means Test does not apply to cases where the adaptations are for a child (under 16 years old) or a young person (over 16 but under 20 who is in full time education).
The maximum Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant is £30,000.
Is the grant repayable?
For owner occupiers only, if the grant exceeds £5,000 there will be conditions attached stating that if the property is disposed of whether by sale, assignment, transfer or otherwise within a 10 year period then all monies over £5,000 (five thousand) up to a maximum of £10,000 (ten thousand) will be repayable to North Lincolnshire Council.
In all cases North Lincolnshire Council is not liable for any costs of removal of any equipment/adaptations provided or making good decoration when removed by others. Landlords especially should consider this before providing consent.
Where equipment is installed, e.g. stairlifts, step/through floor lifts, wash dry units etc., the grant will generally provide a 5 year warranty. After this period has lapsed the responsibility for servicing and costs for repairs are the responsibility of the homeowner/tenant. This is not applicable to all tenants, some larger landlords have their own arrangements in place, for servicing etc.
You should follow this up with your landlord before applying for the grant.
The grant does not cover repairs to existing facilities.
How to progress your enquiry
If you are inquiring about adaptations for an adult, you must contact the Core Therapy Service via the network closest to your home. See contact information at bottom of this page.
If you are enquiring about adaptations for a child/young person with disabilities anywhere in north Lincolnshire, contact: 01724 296500 choose option 2.
If you require any further information or wish to discuss your individual circumstances please contact the Home Assistance Team: 01724 297000, or email@example.com