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The disabled facilities grant is a mandatory ‘means-tested’ financial grant. It helps meet the cost of adapting a property (including mobile homes and houseboats) where a disabled person lives. For the purposes of the grant, a disabled person is someone who:
Has a sight, hearing or substantial speech impairment
Has a learning difficulty, severe challenging behaviours, a mental health disorder or impairment of any kind
Is substantially physically disabled by illness, injury or impairment
Is, or could be, registered with the social services department as being disabled
Who can apply for a DFG?
The disabled person or a parent, guardian or foster parent might apply on behalf of a disabled child. The adaptations must meet the specific needs of the disabled person. Usually an occupational therapist will carry out the assessment. Proposed adaptations must be reasonable and practicable.
What kind of help can a DFG provide?
Such help may be:
or any mix of the above.
Local authorities may also provide additional adaptations. For example:
Access to a garden or safe play area for a disabled child.
Making a property bigger even if it is already suitable for a disabled person.
Adapting a room for a disabled person to work from home.
Who can apply for a DFG?
You must be:
A private tenant
A landlord with a disabled tenant
A local authority tenant
A housing association tenant
What adaptations will a DFG fund?
A DFG aims to ensure the disabled person has adequate facilities and access around the home.
providing ramps, widening doors, shallow steps
improving controls for heating and lighting
adapting or providing suitable washing, bathing or toilet facilities
ensuring the disabled person can move around and access parts of the home so they can look after someone else
facilitating the preparation of food and cooking in the kitchen
making sure there is access to a shared family room
ensuring access to, or providing, a room to sleep in
providing a safer environment for the disabled person and others living in the home
installing a stair lift or a ‘through the floor’ lift
creating an extension to meet the needs of the disabled person
The DFG means test
The means test determines how much, if anything, you will have to pay towards the cost of the work. If you are a disabled adult, you must provide financial and benefits information for you and your partner. There is no means testing for families of disabled children under 18.