District council announces new policy on disabled facilities grants

Restrictions are in place at Richmondshire District Council's office at Mercury House.

A new policy to improve the way disabled facilities grants are administered across Richmondshire has been approved.

Members of the district council have given the green light to a new policy which will also secure the services of the in house Home Improvement Agency set up six months ago.

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) are available to help adapt homes to enable a disabled person to continue living there and be able to use essential services and  maintain their independence.   The legal responsibility to provide this grant service sits with the district council as the housing authority.

“We need to be fair, equal and consistent when we look at applications for these grants – and this new policy will help our council officers do that,” said council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“The changes we are making to the scheme also make accessing this money easier – especially the removal of the threshold for smaller grant applications.

Anything under £5,000 will not need to be means tested first. We want to maximize the take up of these grants – and we hope making the policy clear and simple to understand will do that.”

She said DFGs will also now be available on a discretionary basis – and subject to funding – for home insulation, damp problems, security upgrades and trip hazards.

For more information on the grants contact the council on 01748 901112 or homeimprovementagency@richmondshire.gov.uk