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Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants

If you or someone in your house is disabled you may qualify for a disabled facilities grant.

This goes towards the cost of adaptations to the home to enable the disabled person to continue to live there.

The grants are administered by Housing and Community Services (HCS) under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, following an assessment by Adult Social Services Occupational Therapy Service or Children's Occupational Therapy Service.

To ensure that the grant goes to the most needy households, the amount of grant you will get will be decided by a means test which will look at the income and capital of the disabled person and their spouse or partner. Where the disabled person is a child, the grant is not subject to a means test.

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How to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant

  • contact Adult Social Care Help Desk on 01202 633902 or Child Health and Disability Team on 01202 714613 to arrange for one of their Occupational Therapists (OT) to visit you to assess the needs of the disabled person
  • the OT will make recommendations for the works required to Housing and Community Services
  • your OT may provide you with a Provisional Grant Enquiry Form and an information pack which explains the grant process. The information you provide in the Enquiry Form will be used to carry out a "means test" which will establish whether you have a financial contribution to make towards any grant
  • if you are eligible for assistance, Housing and Community Services will then arrange for a visit to your property to discuss which of the adaptation works are suitable for grant aid 
  • following the visit, a schedule of eligible works will be produced to enable you to obtain estimates for the works 
  • when you have obtained your estimates they should be submitted to us together with the appropriate Government application form
  • assistance with the above grant application process can be provided by our Adaptations Officer

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Works that are covered

The grants are allocated for "mandatory" work which is essential for the freedom of movement of the disabled person around the home.

The types of work are:

  • making it easier to get into and out of the dwelling, i.e. ramps and door widening
  • making the building safe for use by the disabled person
  • making access easier to the living room
  • providing or improving access to the bedroom, kitchen, toilet, washbasin and bath (and/or shower) facilities
  • improving or providing a heating system in your home which is suitable for the needs of the disabled person
  • adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
  • improving access and movement around the home to enable you still to care for another person who lives in the property, such as a spouse or child

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Grant Conditions

Where a grant application is an "Owner Application" and a grant is approved for more than £5,000, a Local Land Charge will be registered against the owner of the dwelling. The owner will be required to repay the part of the grant that exceeds £5,000 (subject to a maximum of £10,000), if the property is sold or transferred within 10 years.

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Contact us

Email
h.referral@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 633428 or 01202 633011

Text Relay

18001 01202 633428 or 18001 01202 633011

Address
Housing and Community Services
Civic Centre
Poole
BH15 2RU