Centre for Ageing Better
19 Dec 2019
Our Senior Programme Manager (Homes), Dr Rachael Docking, says it’s about more than capital funding, and that support also needs to be more readily available for those living in the private rented sector.
“It’s very welcome that the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) will be increased by 8%. But it’s about more than capital funding.
“The DFG provides vital support for people on lower incomes who have a disability, or who have lost their mobility in later life, to live safely at home. But many local areas simply don’t have the capacity and resources to deliver home adaptations quickly, leaving vulnerable people at risk.
“The Government needs to increase the revenue funding available to help councils deliver home adaptations, including administrators and contractors, and allow DFG money to be used on both major alterations and minor adaptations. Support also needs to be more readily available for those living in the private rented sector, where they are less likely to receive a DFG than any other tenure, despite the high proportion of poor quality homes in the private rented sector."