New policy makes emergency home adaptations easier


A new Council policy is making it easier for disabled people to make adaptations to their home.

Updates carried out to the Independent Living Policy will ensure Disabled Facilities Grants, money given to the Council by the government, can be spent without so much red tape, allowing people to remain independent and in their homes for longer.

The Council has already helped hundreds of residents following the implementation of the original Independent Living Policy in 2016 and continues to work within the legislation to strengthen their offerings to the residents of our city.

In fact, the average time that it currently takes to make the adaptations, from approval to completion, was just 102 days in 2018-19. This policy will hopefully help to improve that further.

The main change in the policy will now, in certain circumstances, allow the Council to use its discretion and provide funding under a certain threshold to help provide emergency alterations where time is of the essence.

This may include:

– Emergency adaptations to people’s homes to ensure a timely discharge from hospital

– Changes to the home environment that help people with dementia and cognitive impairment to live safely in their own homes for longer

– Grants to help with a move to more suitable accommodation

Another key change in the policy sees local business favoured for work where possible. This means that every pound of Council money spent is reinvested back into the local economy.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development, said: “Home is central to everyone’s lives, but it’s particularly important for those disabled and older people, as it is where they spend most of their time.

“These updates will help us to work more efficiently so that we are able to help people in their hour of need without rafts of paperwork.”