Don Foster MP


Disabled Facilities Grant investment to help support people in their own homes

The Coalition Government is investing an extra £40 million in the Disabled Facilities Grant to help people remain independent in their own homes for longer.

From this fund, Bath & North East Somerset Council will receive an extra £124,791 for 2012/13. This is on top of £484,396 that was allocated to B&NES in 2011/12.

Adaptations that the Grant can cover include making it easier to get in and out of or around the house, for example by installing a ramp, stair lift or downstairs bathroom. It can also cover smaller changes such as adapting heating or lighting controls so they are easier to use.

The extra money brings the total spend on Disabled Facilities Grant to £785m from 2010/11 to 2014/15.

Commenting, Don Foster said:

“The Liberal Democrats know the important role that housing can play to help people remain independent. This extra money will help support more people in Bath to live comfortably and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Small practical changes like these can make all the difference.”

Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

“For people with disabilities and older people, even the simplest things such as walking, getting up the stairs and climbing in and out of the bathtub can become difficult.

“We know that most people want to remain independent and be supported in their own home as far as possible. This funding will help people make the necessary practical changes to help them remain in their own home and postpone or even prevent the development of serious health and care needs.

“An adaptation can make a huge difference to the life of an older person by helping them access all facilities and all parts of their home safely and independently.”

In October the Coalition Government launched a £300m Care and Support Housing Fund to stimulate the market for specialised housing, to help older and disabled adults continue to live independently at home.