Applications under the DFG scheme come from owner-occupiers and tenants who are not the local authorities' own tenants. Finance for Local Authority tenants comes from the authorities’ own resources.
The regional allocation for 2006/07 and 2007/08 is £312.149m. This is outside the Single Regional Housing Pot. Allocating of grant to authorities is a two stage process. DCLG allocates the total budget to each region using a needs based formula derived from the English House Condition Survey which provides evidence of the number of disabled people on low incomes living in unsuitable and unadapted properties. An allowance is made for regional differences in the costs of providing a range of adaptations. The Housing team is then responsible for making recommendations to Ministers about the allocations to individual local authorities.
For the first time in allocations for 2006/07, Government Offices had complete discretion on what recommendations they make to the Government Minister with respect to these allocations at local level but took account of bids for funds made by each local authority area and an independent indictor of need in each local authority area: the number of people in receipt of either disability living allowance or attendance allowance.
Barnsley is one of 13 areas nationally piloting ‘Individual budgets’, whereby a number of funding streams, including DFG, have been brought together to help people to take control of their own social care budgets, manage their support and choose the services that suit them best.