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‘Unequivocal support’ for new policy to help disabled

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

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

Under the shared policy the maximum DFG a household could receive will be increased from £30,000 to £50,000 and there will be an £8,000 threshold before a means test is needed. There will also be no means tests for disabled residents leaving hospital or receiving palliative care.

Councillor Ron Maskell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I’m really pleased that Cabinet has considered this policy and given it unequivocal support.

“We need an approach that gives the greatest number of disabled people the right level of support as quickly as possible, and this policy does exactly that.

“I want more people to have the opportunity to stay in their own homes, living independent lives with privacy and dignity.”  

For more information visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants

Published on 12 February, 2019