£272,000 pot to help disabled Richmondshire residents stay in their home

A £272,000 cash pot will help more Richmondshire residents stay in their own homes.

The district council has been awarded the money to fund disabled facilities grants over the next financial year.

It will receive just over £272,000 from central government to help pay for work in peoples’ homes to allow them to stay there.

These disabled facilities grants can contribute to all types of work ranging from installing grab rails to through floor lifts and wet rooms.

Councillor Richard Good, spokesperson for operational services, said: “This grant scheme is all about adapting the homes of older and vulnerable people to cater for any disabilities they may have, making their homes easier to manage.

“This funding boost is great news as it allows our Home Improvement Agency to continue to fund and organise work for people to stay in their homes for longer, avoiding the need to move to more suitable accommodation.

“I encourage anyone who is struggling with mobility in their home to contact our Home Improvement Agency to find out if they qualify for these grants.”

There are a wide range of adaptations that can be funded and the council will guide householders through the whole process from application to completion of the work.

For more information contact the Home Improvement Agency on 01748 901112 or 01748 901149 or by e-mail to: HomeImprovementAgency@Richmondshire.gov.uk.