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Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are used to provide home adaptations for disabled people, generally for the purpose of improving access - access into and around the home and access to, or provision of, basic amenities such as bathing and WC.
The current maximum expenditure limit for these grants is £30,000, although the amount will be affected by the financial circumstances of the disabled person.
The grants are implemented in partnership with Lancashire County Council Social Services who recommend the necessary works based on their assessment of medical or physical need. They will also decide which enquiries are the most urgent, which may affect the speed of grant processing.
To request an Occupational Therapist (OT) assessment, contact Social Services on 0845 053 0009.
When applying for the grant, you will need to sign an agreement that you will, wherever possible, occupy the house for a minimum of ten years. In view of this, should you relocate within this period the council would not consider an application for grant in your new home.
A recoverable land charge will be applied where grant exceeds £5,000. Disposal of the property within 10 years of grant completion will result in repayment of such part of the grant that exceeds £5,000 but the amount repayable will not exceed £10,000.
Wherever possible the council will seek to provide the adaptations within the structure of the dwelling. Extensions will only be considered where property size, internal arrangement, circulation and cost effectiveness mean that it is the best course of action.
Housing association tenants should approach their landlords rather than us.
For more information see the Disabled Facility Grant application process page.
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