More disabled facilities grants available in Plymouth

More disabled people will be able to live independently in their own homes in Plymouth after the City Council received additional funding from the Government.

In last year’s Autumn Budget, it was announced that an additional £42 million of capital funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) in 2017/18 financial year would be provided for local authorities in England.

The City Council has been awarded an additional £195,313.81 of that funding which will be used to adapt disabled people’s homes to help them better access and move around, their homes and/or gardens.

One of the recipients of this additional funding said: “‘It has made all the difference in the world, just to be able to get up and down the stairs, both of us will benefit.  It has transformed our lives and when we are feeling poorly, it will save us so much energy and makes everything easier. The level access shower is almost too good to use, it is amazing and you can walk straight in. It’s just so easy to manage now. Everything is working perfectly and all those that were involved allayed all our fears. Thank you so much.”

Councillor Steve Ricketts the Cabinet Member responsible for Housing said: “Disabled Facilities Grants are an important part of our work in Plymouth and help to maximise people’s independence. Modifications to a home can make a huge difference and enable people to stay safe in their own homes.”

Around 250 people every year in Plymouth are helped to live a more independent and dignified life in their own homes. This additional funding means another 30 people can be helped this year to maintain their independence by providing things like level access showers, stair lifts and ramps.

To find out how to apply for a grant to adapt your home visit our website