Housing adaptations for disabled people

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a mandatory entitlement administered by local housing authorities to help fund the provision of adaptations to enable disabled people to live as comfortably and independently as possible in their homes irrespective of tenure.

Eligible work is wide-ranging, providing for access to the home and basic facilities within it, for example: providing ramps, door widening, stair lifts and level access showers. The grant is subject to an assessment of need and a financial means test. In England the current maximum limit for the grant is £30,000. The overall Government contribution towards the 2010/11 grant programme is £169million (see Local authority disabled facilities grant allocations), which has significantly increased since the 1997 allocation of £57million.

Local authorities are responsible for administering Disabled Facilities Grants. For further advice on how to obtain and/or complete an application form, please contact the housing department or the social services within the local authority.

More information for householders looking to apply for help with housing adaptations can be found on the Directgov website (external link).

Otherwise please look at the Policy overview, Frequently asked questions and Publications sections below.

Contact us

If you have a query about Government policy on housing adaptations, then please contact us at: disabled.facilitiesgrants@communities.gsi.gov.uk or telephone on 0303 444 3708.

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