Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are used to provide home adaptations for disabled people, generally for the purpose of improving access - access into and around the home and access to, or provision of, basic amenities such as bathing and WC.
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The current maximum expenditure limit for these grants is £30,000, although the amount will be affected by the financial circumstances of the disabled person.
The grants are implemented in partnership with Lancashire County Council Social Services who recommend the necessary works based on their assessment of medical or physical need. They will also decide which enquiries are the most urgent, which may affect the speed of grant processing.
At the present time, however, there are waiting lists for both an assessment by Lancashire County Council and also the application and survey process carried out by Preston City Council.
On this basis, you may wish to do some initial preparation by visiting the link below, which takes you to an online tool. This tool gives you information and advice around disabled adaptations and may help you to decide if you wish to pursue the next stages of the process.
Adapt My Home will give you a greater understanding of the options you might have. It will give you advice on things you can do to improve your housing that will prevent further issues, whilst explaining more about the type of support you may be eligible for. They also provide a video and information on the rules for disabled facilities grants at Adapt My Home - About Disabled Facilities Grants.
To request an Occupational Therapist (OT) assessment, contact Social Services on 0845 053 0009.
When applying for the grant, you will need to sign an agreement that you will, wherever possible, occupy the house for a minimum of ten years. In view of this, should you relocate within this period the council would not consider an application for grant in your new home.
A recoverable land charge will be applied where grant exceeds £5,000. Disposal of the property within 10 years of grant completion will result in repayment of such part of the grant that exceeds £5,000 but the amount repayable will not exceed £10,000.