If you struggle to get around the house safely because you are older or disabled, you may be able to get a grant towards the cost of adaptations.
A Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant from South Tyneside Council to help towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when the Council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical.
Am I eligible?
You can claim if you, or someone living in your property, is disabled and:
you, or the person on whose behalf you are applying, are either the owner or tenant (including licensees) of the property
you can certify that you, or the person on whose behalf you are applying, intend to occupy the property as your/their only or main residence throughout the grant period - currently five years
A landlord may apply on behalf of a disabled tenant.
What can I use it for?
A grant can be used for essential adaptations to give you better freedom of movement in to and around your home and/or to provide essential facilities within it.
If you are disabled, acceptable types of work include:
widening doors and installing ramps
providing or improving access to rooms and facilities - for example, by installing a stair lift or providing a downstairs bathroom
improving or providing a heating system which is suitable for your needs
adapting heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
improving access to and movement around the home to enable you to care for another person who lives in the property, such as a child
An occupational therapist will look at your circumstances and can recommend the type of adaptation(s) needed.
How much do I get?
The amount paid is usually based on a financial assessment (a 'means test') of your average weekly income, and takes into account any savings, capital, investments etc. However when the adaptation is for a disabled children under 19, the means test is not required.
Means testing will take into account savings above a certain limit. Capital is included in the means test. The first £6,000 of savings is disregarded.
If you have a partner, your combined income will be assessed jointly. A range of premiums and allowances are used for all essential outgoings, for example, rent/mortgage and personal expenditure. Actual outgoings are not taken into consideration.
If you receive Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment this will not be taken into account as income. Other benefits such as Income Support, Universal Credit, Guaranteed Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (Income Based), Income based jobseeker's Allowance, Working or Child Tax Credit assessed as earning less than £15,050 per year, will allow you to be eligible for a 100% grant.
Depending on the outcome of the financial assessment the amount of grant assistance offered can vary from 0 - 100% of the cost to provide the recommended adaptation.
How is the award worked out?
If your income is less than the allowance the Government says you can have, you will not normally need to contribute to the cost of the works
If your income is more than the allowance the Government says you can have, a proportion of your income will be used to calculate the amount of contribution you need to make towards the cost of the works
What is the maximum grant amount?
The maximum amount of grant that a council is required to pay is £30,000 per application less any assessed contribution from you.
What is the effect on other benefits I receive?
A Disabled Facilities Grant will not affect any benefits you are currently receiving.
Means Test requirements
The Grants Officer allocated to your case will require proof of all forms on income, savings, shares, bonds, ISAs, additional properties and capital. Documents accepted include:
Proof of wages, payslips or P60
Pension summary, including proof of Guarantee Pension Credit if applicable
P60 or payslips for occupational pension
P60 or payslips any other pension
Up to date statements from Department of Work and Pensions regarding all payments received
Up to date statement from South Tyneside Council awarding Housing Benefit
Bank statement / Savings statement / Building society book
Evidence of shares, bonds or similar investments
Below are some useful numbers to help you get these documents if they are needed:
Benefit / allowance
State Pension summary
0345 6060 265
0345 605 6055
Disability Living Allowance
0845 712 3456
Personal Independence Payment
0345 850 3322
Jobseeker's Allowance Income Support Employment and Support Allowance
0345 608 8545
National Insurance Number Helpline
0300 200 3502
Working / Child Tax Credits
0345 300 3900
Industrial Injuries Benefit
0345 758 5433
0345 608 4321
Housing Benefit - South Tyneside Council
0191 424 4333
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