HEART – Helping you live independently at home
Disabled Facilities Grant Overview
Purpose of the Grant
The grant is a mandatory for people who can no longer access facilities in and around their home, due to a range of conditions from being frail, elderly or with more pronounced disabilities. It is provided to assist the person to adapt their home (including mobile homes and houseboats) to enable them to:
- access the home and move freely around it, to be able to use facilities such as the living room, bedroom, bathroom or toilet
- make a home safe for the resident
- provide a room or access to a room suitable for sleeping if the existing rooms cannot be used for example if the person cannot get to the first floor and there are no suitable ground floor spaces
- provide suitable toilet and washing, bathing or showering facilities
- facilitate the preparation and cooking of food for example access to the kitchen or lowering of some work surfaces for wheel chair users
- adapt heating, lighting and power installations to accommodate specific needs due to the condition
Qualifying Benefits and Financial / Means Test
Some benefits allow residents to avoid the means test.
If you are not in receipt of the appropriate benefits then you will be required to have your income and expenditure looked at to calculate the contribution you may need to make (if any). The means test part of the national legislation and is designed to calculate an amount that you could borrow from a bank or building society.
Adaptations for children are not means tested.
However if you are means tested then you will be financially assessed and may receive a grant to cover the full cost, up to the value of £30,000, or part of the cost of the required adaptation if you are assessed as having a contribution to make.
If the cost of works is higher than your contribution a grant could still be awarded.
You will be exempt from a financial assessment and get a full grant if you receive one of the qualifying benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Employment and Support Allowance (not contribution-based ESA)
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not contribution-based JSA)
- Guarantee Pension Credit (not Savings Pension Credit alone)
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit and or Child Tax Credit. Provided that the annual income for the purposes of assessing entitlement to the tax credit is less than £15,050
- Universal Credit. This includes any Universal Credit which is being introduced from 2013 onwards as a replacement for working age benefits and tax credits.
The maximum grant cannot exceed £30,000, however in Warwickshire we will consider discretionary financial assistance if the works cost more than £30,000 and there is sufficient funding available.
An Occupational Therapist or trained Housing Assessment Officer will assess the capabilities and difficulties a person is having and whether any particular works are suitable to solve those problems. Works will need to be necessary and appropriate for the person and the works will need to be reasonable and practical to carry out in the property.
We will undertake an initial telephone assessment to see what particular services you would benefit from.
We may then visit you in your home to carry out a further assessment, explain the grant process, and assist with completion of application forms and any required means test.
We will also prepare a schedule of works and arrange for a quotation(s) from suitable contractors. We will liaise with your contractor and ensure works are carried out in a satisfactory manner and to a good standard. Your contractor and/ or HEART will provide any necessary certification of the works and obtain any necessary Building Notice or Planning Approval.
The HEART Service charge a fee of 15%. The fee, together with other fees associated with the works is normally grant paid for by the grant.
Last updated Monday, 23rd August 2021