Disabled Adaptations Funding
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To introduce a new form of funding to partially replace Disabled Facilities Grants.
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:
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.
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.
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