Disability funding changes lives for the better
Last year, the council awarded 174 disabled facilities grants, totalling £1,384,858, to pay for home adaptations to bathrooms, kitchens, stairlifts and major home projects in the borough.
This included major adaptations at a house occupied by a teenage boy with complex needs and his family. After the work was completed, his mother told the council’s project officer that the improvements had ‘kept her family together’ as they had been really struggling before.
The most common adaptations covered by the funding includes level access showers, home access, ceiling track hoists and stairlifts. The adaptations can be used to make it easier to move around or into the home, give access to a suitable bathroom or bedroom and allow easier use of the kitchen facilities.
The council grants are means-tested and available to owner-occupiers or tenants to help with the cost of adapting their home to meet the needs of an occupant with a disability. There are some exceptions, such as disabled children or people on certain benefits who are automatically entitled to a grant.
Any borough resident wishing to apply for a grant should apply through Hampshire County Council’s Occupational Therapy team who will arrange to assess the person’s needs and then refer to the borough council for a grant if they think they may qualify.
Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “The council’s disabled facilities grants really help our residents to live more independent lives.
“The wide range of home improvement projects we support make life easier and more pleasant for people with disabilities and their families.”
Contact the Housing Standards team on 01256 844844 or visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grant