Disabled Facilities Grants

 

Following the Prime Minister’s speech to the nation on Monday 23rd March 2020 regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Private Sector Housing & Public Health team will not be undertaking site visits or property inspections until further notice, except in urgent emergency situations (as determined by the case officer). All staff are now working from home and are unable to access incoming post sent to the Council or send outgoing post (apart from in a few exceptional circumstances). This is not a permanent arrangement but will continue for the foreseeable future and until restrictions are lifted on movement and access to certain facilities is made available again.

As well as advice on Coronavirus available via other links on the Arun District Council website, the following links may also be of particular use in regards to Housing issues: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

https://www.arun.gov.uk/coronavirus

Disabled Facilities Grants
Referrals should continue to be made via West Sussex County Council’s Occupational Therapist (OT) service as detailed below. Most contractors are only carrying out urgent adaptation work but we are trying to move the grants as far as possible forward so that when the situation changes there will not be any unnecessary hold ups. Site visits are not taking place at the moment apart from in exceptional circumstances.

 

 
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are provided by Arun District Council for a range of adaptations to assist the disabled to live independently in their own homes. Adaptations can include level access showers, stairlifts and ramps. 

You can obtain further information on the availability of grants in the Disabled Facilities Grants.pdf [pdf] 1MB leaflet.
 
An application for grant assistance will be referred to Arun District Council by a West Sussex County Council Occupational Therapist after an assessment has been made at your home. You may wish to contact OT Connect for an assessment of your needs on 01243 642121, or check eligibility with us first.
 
The Council administers mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) which assist in providing adaptations to the properties of private sector residents to help maintain their independence within their own home. The DFG must be supported by a referral from a West Sussex County Council Occupational Therapist who identifies the needs of the applicant and these must fit within defined mandatory criteria to qualify for funding.

The mandatory DFG provides funding for adaptations to meet the needs of the applicant. Sometimes applicants may chose a preferred scheme or works which will go over and above the basic minimum a DFG will provide, and in these circumstances Arun District Council will provide funding for the minimum mandatory works and it is then the responsibility of the individual / family to provide any additional funding required. The Council is not involved with the drawing up of plans or contractor selection this is the responsibility of the grant applicant. Many applicants choose to employ the services of an agent who will undertake this work and the DFG would cover the cost of any reasonable fees.

A proposed scheme and plans would have to be agreed with the Council and the Occupational Therapist before the funding can be approved to a maximum limit of £30,000.

The DFG legislation does not allow the Local Authority to approve an application for a grant if the relevant works have begun.