Decision details

Disabled Adaptations Funding

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To introduce a new form of funding to partially replace Disabled Facilities Grants.

Decision:

That the new form of grant aid called ‘Reable’ be approved.

Reasons for the decision:

The introduction of ‘Reable’ will allow grant for adaptations to be processed far quicker and more flexibly than by using Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs).  This will significantly improve the efficiency of the adaptation process thereby lowering unit costs per application from the Authority’s aspect decreasing the cost of service provision.  It is expected that contractor costs for carrying out the work will also decrease due to the improved efficiency eventually leading to lower costs of work.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1

 

To use the powers in Regulatory Reform order and the un-hypothecated funding for adaptations provided through the Housing Capital Grant to create an new form of assistance ‘Reable’, to deliver adaptation grants where the value of the work is less that £7000 and where the applicant is in receipt of a passport benefit or is a non-means tested applicant.

 

Option 2

 

In cases where the cost of the work is expected to exceed £7000 or the applicant is required to go through means testing to continue to use DFGs as the preferred process.

 

Option 3

 

To continue to use DFGs for all adaptation grants.

Report author: Gordon Partridge

Publication date: 16/02/2012

Date of decision: 14/02/2012

Decided at meeting: 14/02/2012 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/02/2012

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