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1. Initial enquiry
The disabled person should first of all contact Social Services to arrange for an Occupational Therapist to assess their needs. To request an Occupational Therapist (OT) assessment, contact Social Services on 0845 053 0009.
2. Visit from the Occupational Therapist
To define needs and recommend any necessary home adaptations.
3. Referral to the council's Strategic Housing Department
Recommendation for grant, from Social Services, based on the Occupational Therapist's assessment of needs.
4. Preliminary test of resources
To estimate the amount of grant aid and the applicant's contribution.
To examine the proposed adaptations in relation to the rest of the house, confirm their eligibility, and see what, if any, other building work must be done at the same time. Assistance with completing the application forms may be given if required.
6. Schedule of work
This is sent out to the applicant, who will now need to provide a contractor's estimate, proof of ownership, and make a commitment to occupy the house.
7. Formal application
The information is returned, and an interview is arranged to carry out the full test of resources and formally submit the application.
8. Grant approval
The estimate and other technical details are checked and a grant approval notice is issued. The applicant will then have twelve months to complete the work.
9. Starting the work
When the work is ready to start, the applicant contacts the Grants Section. If necessary, a meeting can be arranged at the house for a grants surveyor to discuss the work with the applicant and contractor.
10. Finishing the work
On completion, the work will be checked by the grants surveyor and an Occupational Therapist. If they are satisfied that the work is as specified arrangements will be made to pay the grant.
Payment is made direct to the contractor.
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