Disabled facilities grantgrants for home improvments and adaptations
What does it do?
A Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant to help people living in the private sector with the cost of adapting their homes to enable them to continue living there with the maximum amount of independence.
It is a mandatory grant for works that have been recommended as essential and necessary by an Occupational Therapist.
What will the grant cover?
Grant-aid is only available for works recommended by an Occupational Therapist and may include any of the following:
- Providing access to and from your home - for example, ramping, shallow steps, and hard standings/dropped kerbs for vehicular access
- Making your home safe for a disabled person living in your house - for example, guard rails, safety glass
- Providing access to the principal family room - door widening
- Providing access to a bedroom - providing a stair lift or extension
- Providing access to toilet facilities - by altering bathroom layouts or providing specialist WCs
- Providing access to bathing/shower facilities - for example, level access shower
- Providing access to a wash-hand basin
- Enabling the disabled occupier to prepare and cook food - improved kitchen layout
- Improving or providing space heating or heating controls
- Enabling the disabled occupier to use and control power, light and heat - altering the position of light switches and power sockets
- Enabling the disabled occupier to move around the home to care for another person - for example, enabling a disabled parent to care for a child
How much grant can I get?
The actual amount of grant approved will depend on the cost of the works recommended by the Occupational Therapist.
The maximum amount of grant available is £30,000.
Who it is for?
Who is eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant?
- You need to be either registered or registerable as disabled
- You need to be a private owner/occupier, a private tenant or a Housing Association tenant
Where it is available?
What it costs:
Will I have to pay anything towards the works?
All grants are subject to a Means Test to determine whether you would need to make a contribution towards the cost of works.
The means test will look at the income and capital (for example, savings and investments) of the disabled person and their spouse or partner.
Capital of £6000 or less is disregarded.
Disabled Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance are not counted as income.
Where it is determined that the applicant is required to make a contribution, you will be advised of the amount of contribution before you decide to proceed.
Some benefits/allowances will passport you through the means test system.
If you receive any of the following, you will not have to contribute towards the works:
- Income Support
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not contribution-based ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution-based JSA)
- Guarantee Pension Credit (not Savings Pension Credit alone)
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit (provided that the annual income for the purposes of assessing entitlement to the tax credit is less than £15,050)
Parents applying for a grant for a disabled child or young person under the age of 19 will not be means tested.
Will I have to repay the grant?
When the works have been completed, a local charge will be registered against your property with the Councils land charges department. This will stay in place for a period of ten years.
If the property is disposed of or ownership transferred to another person before the ten years is up, you may be required to repay part of the grant.
How to access or apply for it:
In the first instance, you would need to contact the Health and Adult Social Care contact centre on 023 8083 3003 as you would need to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist to confirm that adaptations to your property are both necessary and appropriate.
If this is the case, a referral recommending these works will be made to the Private Housing Team at the council. We will then allocate a case officer to you as soon as we possibly can as they will need to confirm that the works are both reasonable and practicable.
Download the Southampton Housing Adaptations Team leaflet