Disabled Facilities Grants

Housing

Disabled Facilities Grants are available for providing adaptations and facilities to enable a disabled person to remain in their own home.


 

Eligible works include:

  • a level access shower in place of a bath
  • a stair lift to enable the disabled person to reach first floor washing and toilet facilities
  • door widening and access facilities such as ramps and car hard standing

Who can apply?

Owner-occupiers, landlords or tenants can apply.

The disabled person and their partner will be means tested to see if they can afford to pay for some of the work themselves. Where the works are for a disabled child or young person (0-19 years old), the means test does not apply if the child/young person is still in ordinary, non-advanced, full-time education.

Applicants in receipt of one or more of the following benefits will automatically qualify under the means test:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working or Child Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £15,050

Are there any other conditions?

The applicant will need to certify that the disabled person intends to live in the property for five years after the grant is paid.

Where the grant paid exceeds £5,000, a charge will be placed on owner occupied properties requiring repayment of some of the grant to the Council, if it is sold within ten years. The maximum repayment will be £10.000. 

How do I apply?

Initially the needs of the disabled person will need to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist. Therefore your first enquiry should be to the Community Occupational Therapy Service Central Access Team. Tel: 01296 383204.

For more information contact South Bucks District Council Housing Standards Officer.

Tel: 01494 732782 or email housing@southbucks.gov.uk