Disabled Facilities Grants
Following the Prime Minister’s updates regarding the continuing Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, resurgence of cases and rapid spread of a new variant of the virus and the imposition of new and extended restrictions in 2021, about which further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home, 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) where appropriate precautions are in place.
This is not a permanent arrangement but will continue until the fall in Covid-19 cases is sufficient enough to allow the restrictions to be lifted or eased by the Government and in turn inspections recommenced by the team. Restrictions may be extended further by the Government depending upon the situation at the relevant time and these will dictate the inspection process and regime undertaken by the team for the foreseeable future.
All staff continue to work from home and have limited access to incoming and outgoing postal mail and correspondence is best via e-mail where possible. Any visits arranged during the pandemic may be subject to cancellation or change at short notice if there are changes to National, local or Council-directed policy, legislation or requirements, or where it is considered that appropriate precautions and/or social-distancing cannot be achieved.
These changes have been made to protect customers and staff from contracting or spreading the virus during these difficult times.
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:
Disabled Facilities Grants
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.