The government has announced that it is giving local councils £68 million in additional funding for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs).
The extra funding, announced on the International Day of People with Disabilities, will help thousands more vulnerable people access grants to make the adaptations they need to live independently and safely in their own homes.
Councils can use DFG funding towards the costs of home adaptations such as stair-lifts, level access showers, wet rooms, winches, grab rails and ramps.
Such adaptations help make homes more suitable for residents to live in, avoiding the need for them to be admitted to hospitals or care homes as well as speeding up hospital discharges.
The rough sleeping and housing minister Kelly Tolhurst said: “I’m pleased that extra funding announced today, on the International Day of People with Disabilities, will see thousands more people benefit. This grant can be literally life changing and lengthening, helping more people to live independently in their own homes.
“Since 2012 over 280,000 home adaptions have been funded through the Disabled Facilities Grant scheme helping many tens of thousands of people to live at home independently.”
The £68 million announced by the government is in addition to the £505 million it paid to councils in May 2020, increasing the government’s investment in the DFG for 2021-22 to £573 million.
The £573 million investment was outlined in the govenment’s recent Spending Review, bringing the government’s overall investment in the DFG to £4 billion since it was introduced in 2010.
The minister for care Helen Whately added: “This grant will help hundreds of thousands of disabled people across England to live more independently in their own homes and improve their quality of life.
“I know this year has been incredibly difficult for disabled people in particular and I’m pleased that, on the International Day of People with Disabilities, we’re able to provide this additional funding.
“The Disabled Facilities Grant is a really important part of our ambition to reduce health inequalities and support more people to live healthy, independent lives for as long as possible.”
The DFG forms part of the government’s Better Care Fund (BCF), which brings together local government and care partners to support integrated health and social care.
The government has today announced more details of next year’s BCF, setting out how councils can use the funding to deliver better care and support for people in their communities.