Don Foster MP

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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.

VIDEO: Parliament Week feature…Why Vote?

December 13, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Parliament, News

Andy Burnham MP, Tim Loughton MP and Don all feature on Catch21′s short film entitled ‘Why Vote?’ as part of Parliament Week. Young people made the film, and it focuses on why it is important for the younger generation to vote and have an interest in politics.

Big Lottery grants benefitting Bath

December 13, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

A long time champion of the National Lottery, Don Foster MP was pleased to learn that three Big lottery Fund grants were awarded in Bath between 30th September and 30th November 2012.

Every year BIG gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment

In the latest round of grants the following organisations benefited:

- The Live Wire Theatre Company received funding for Creative Workshops for The Three Ways Special School Bath and Bath Mencap

- Saint Barnabas Church Parochial Church Council received funding to revamp its hall floor and redecoration

- Twerton Infant School received funding for their project entitled “playpods for perfect playtimes” which provides breakfast clubs & after-school activities

Commenting on the grants, Don said:

“For many years now, the Big Lottery Fund has been funding wonderful projects the length and breadth of the country. Their success as a funding provider is rooted in the fact that their experienced regional teams understand the needs of differing communities.

“In Bath, I know that these organisations will thrive as a result of Big Lottery funding. Ultimately, Bath residents will be the beneficiaries. I would encourage others to take a look at the Big Lottery fund website and apply for grants”

To see how the Big Lottery Fund can help you, visit: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding