Home Improvement Grants
Disabled Facilities Grant
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) are available to enable a person with a disability to live more independently in their own home. Like the Essential Works Grant the DFG is means tested.
The nature of the required works can determine whether any grant is offered and is subject to an assessment by a medical professional, usually an Occupational Therapist. Such things as stairlifts, level access showers and ramps are often fitted with assistance from a DFG.
Help from the Benefits Agency -
Many older people receive Income Support and for those in receipt of Income Support they may be eligible for a Community Care Grant for items to enable residents to remain independent. These grants are discretionary and the budget for such grants is limited.
Alternatively, a Budgeting Loan may be offered by the Department of Work and Pensions, which is interest free and has to be repaid, for important items applicants cannot afford. All applications will be assessed by a Social Fund Officer with consideration given to all the applicant's circumstances to enable a decision to be given.
Energy Efficiency Grants - Warm Front Ltd -
If a resident is receiving an income or disability related benefit whether they are young or old, own their own home or rent it, they may qualify to have their home insulated free. They may also qualify for heating improvements to their home and if they are over 60 they could even get central heating installed at no cost. The Warm Front team is a Government funded initiative and is managed by Powergen Retail Ltd in counties throughout eastern England.
Energy Efficiency Grants - Staywarm -
Designed for the over 60's. However much electricity or gas is needed, residents pay a fixed low price either weekly, fortnightly or monthly and they can choose to pay by direct debit or by cash/cheque at the Post Office. The amount they pay is based on the number of people in their home and the number of bedrooms it has.
First Stop Advice
First Stop offers advice on housing, care and financial options for older people, their families and carers. Click on the link below to access First Stops website.