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£11.5 million funding for home adaptions

The government has announced a boost in funding to adapt homes for those with disabilities.

Communities Minister Baroness Andrews today announced an extra £11.5 million for home adaptations to help them live independently in their homes.

The funding will help councils ramp up their Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) programme until the end of March.

The programme already helps around 35,000 disabled and older people live safely and independently in their home each year by making adaptations such as wheelchair ramps, stair lifts and downstairs bathrooms.
The programme has seen its funding more than double from £57million in 1997 to £126 million this year.

This now increases to £138million following this in year allocation.

Applicants can receive grant up to £25,000 for the provision of adaptations.

Further announcements will be made in due course on the future funding of Disabled Facilities Grant and a package of changes to improve delivery of the programme as part of the cross departmental review of the Disabled Facilities Grant.