Feedback sought for home adaptations policy

20151015 122741
20151015 122741
Healthwatch Devon need feedback from carers about changes to the funding policy which supports families to adapt their homes for disability access.

The main changes to the new policy proposed are:

 

  • To undertake a financial means test of the household for children’s major adaptations (previously there was no means test for additional funding provided by the County Council). The Disabled Facilities Grant for children will continue to be non-means tested.
  • To undertake a financial means test of the household for adult’s major adaptations (previously only the adult requiring the adaptation was means tested).

 

 

 

Background information

Devon County Council has, for many years, enabled elderly or disabled adults and children to seek funding support from the Council towards the cost of a major adaptation to their home in cases where the full cost of the adaptation has not been met by a Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant (which is administered by the District/City/Borough Councils in Devon). The Council has provided this additional funding under an agreed policy and considers this meets its legal duties under the National Assistance Act 1948 for children’s services, and the Care Act 2014 for adult services.

The changes brought about under the Care Act 2014, together with the escalating costs of major adaptations themselves and the well-known position of financial austerity for local government, has led the County Council to recently review its major adaptations additional funding policy.

 Many thanks for your time.