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Proposed changes to the Disabled Facilities Grant which include an increase in grant funding and improved access to adaptations will be discussed by Barnsley Council’s Cabinet next week.

Members will be asked to approve the introduction of a new Disabled Facilities Grant Policy which will create significant improvements for the health and wellbeing of disabled and vulnerable people across the borough.

The grant provides financial help for disabled people in the borough giving them access to funding for adaptations to their homes helping them to live independently.

The policy will:

  • increase the amount of discretionary funding available from £5,000 to £10,000. This will give people access to adaptations that previously would have been too costly
  • introduce a fast track process for more common adaptations including hoists, stair lifts and ramps which will help to reduce waiting times
  • extend funding to provide home insulation and heating systems which will improve the wellbeing of disabled residents
  • fund adaptations in the homes of carers who are supporting vulnerable adults after a hospital stay.

The new policy means eligible people living locally will be able to access funding and have their needs met much more quickly.

The policy adopts the recommendations from the disability facilities grant independent review and includes best practice to support people with disabilities helping them lead a more independent lifestyle – a key priority for the council.

Cllr Jenny Platts Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities said: “I’m really pleased to see the proposed changes the Disabled Facilities Grant. The introduction of the new policy would bring some significant benefits for the most vulnerable in our borough including quicker access to more common adaptations helping them to live independently for longer in their own homes.”

If approved at Cabinet, the changes will be implemented 1 April 2017