Date published: 29 June 2018
Grants to help disabled people adapt their properties to make them safer are now available thanks to a new policy.
West Lindsey District Council has introduced a new Housing Assistance Policy to offer more support to people with disabilities.
Under the new policy, the council wants to be able to help more people to live independently at home. Therefore it has introduced a range of grants to support people depending on their individual circumstances.
A new discretionary Disabled Facilities Grant of up to £10,000 is now available to provide adaptations over and above what could previously be offered under a Mandatory Grant.
In addition a Healthy Homes Grant of up to £5,000 is available to address issues such as damp, mould excess cold and reduce falls on stairs etc. This aims to improve the property standards of vulnerable people who own their own home and whose property standard is affecting their health.
Cllr Sheila Bibb, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee, is pleased the council can offer more resources to support local people.
She said: “This is an exciting opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of residents of West Lindsey. By offering the new discretionary grants, we are able to help people with disabilities in ways that the mandatory grants have not been able to in the past.
“Our new approach means we can support the choices of individuals, enhance their wellbeing, and give them more independence and the confidence to live safely at home.
“One of the benefits includes a hospital discharge grant of up to £5,000 which can help with any minor adaptions to a home. This will help people who are unable to be discharged from hospital due to their home conditions.”
The council has also created a new Relocation Grant, which would assist a person with a disability to move to a more suitable property.
The Disabled Facilities Grants funding has been made possible through an increased allocation of funding from the Better Care Fund.
For a full copy of the Housing Assistance Policy and further information on the grants that are on offer, visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/dfg/ or contact the Housing Team on 01427 676676.