Disabled Facilities Grant

What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?

A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a means tested grant to help people living in the private sector with the cost of adapting their homes to enable them to continue living there. This is a mandatory grant for works that have been recommended as essential and necessary by an Occupational Therapist.

However, Winchester City Council will fund the first £15,000 of any eligible works that would qualify for a mandatory grant as a discretionary grant and any contribution assessed by the means test will only be required when works exceed this value.

Examples of eligible works can include the following:

  • A Stairlift
  • A walk in shower
  • Improved access to your property

However this is not an exhaustive list of adaptations a person may be assessed as needing.

In England the maximum grant an application can recieve is £30,000.

  • Who is eligible?

    Anybody who is a homeowner, privately renting or lives in a housing association property.

    Parents can make an application on behalf of their disabled children under the age of 16 (applications for children are not subject to means test).

    The mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant is means tested which means applicants will be financially assessed to see if they will need to contribute towards the costs of the works. Applicants in receipt of certain means tested benefits are exempted from the means test.

    However the Council will fund the first £15,000 of eligible works that would qualify for a mandatory grant as a discretionary grant and applicants assessed as needing to make a contribution will only have to do so where eligible works exceed this value. The Council also provides discretionary assistance from the Better Care Fund for a range of circumstances detailed in the published policy

  • Are there any conditions applied to the grant?

    Mandatory Grants - And then add a second paragraph - "Discretionary assistance - where discretionary grants or loan are provided the Council may place a charge on the property for the full amount of the assistance, the conditions of which may vary from case to case.

    A general consent was introduced in May 2008 which enabled local authorities to place limited charges on adapted properties of owner occupiers where the cost of the work exceeds £5000 (this is limtied to a maximum charge of £10,000). This allows local authorities to impose a limited charge on the property if sold within the next ten years, at their discretion.

  • Can you start work before the grant is approved/can you apply for the grant retrospectively?

    No, the applicant should not start work before the application has been approved. Local authorities also have no powers to pay for works that have already been started.

  • How is the grant paid?

    The local authority may pay the grant in installments as the work progresses or once all the work has been completed. After the work has been satisfactorily inspected the local authority will, in most cases, pay the contractor directly.

  • How do I apply?

    If you would like some further information regarding applying for the Disabled Facilities Grant please contact the Private Sector Housing Team using the following details:

    01962 848 455

    DisabledFacilitiesGrant@winchester.gov.uk

 

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