Council helps disabled people live independently

Cabinet councillors at Eastbourne Borough Council have reinforced the authority’s commitment to help disabled people live independently by adopting a new joint policy with Lewes District Council.

The new Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) Policy sets out the criteria to help disabled people pay for adaptations in their homes.

Under the policy, the council has used its discretionary powers prompted by increases to the Government’s Better Care Fund, which finances the DFG. This means that the maximum DFG a household could receive will be increased from £30,000 to £50,000 and there will be a £8,000 threshold before a means test is needed, or if the adaptation includes only one prescribed item.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Lead for Direct Assistant Services, said: “More disabled residents will receive vital help to get work carried out to their homes, enabling them to continue living independently for longer.

“This not only improves people’s lives so they can live on their own with privacy and dignity, but also reduces the need for residential care.”

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Published on February 8, 2019