A brief guide to your rights

Disabled Facilities Grant

The Autumn Budget 2017-2018 has provided an additional £42 million for the Disabled Facilities Grant. The idea of the Grant is to be supporting people to stay in their own homes. This will increase the total budget for this year to £473 million.

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are provided by Arun District Council for a range of adaptations to assist the disabled to live independently in their own homes. Adaptations can include level access showers, stair lifts and ramps.

You can obtain further information on the availability of grants in the Disabled Facilities Grants.pdf [pdf] 1MB leaflet.

An application for grant assistance will be referred to Arun District Council by a West Sussex County Council Occupational Therapist after an assessment has been made at your home. You may wish to contact OT Connect for an assessment of your needs on 01903 839100, or check eligibility with us first.

The Council administers mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) which assist in providing adaptations to the properties of private sector residents to help maintain their independence within their own home. The DFG must be supported by a referral from a West Sussex County Council Occupational Therapist who identifies the needs of the applicant and these must fit within defined mandatory criteria to qualify for funding. The mandatory DFG provides funding for adaptations to meet the needs of the applicant. Sometimes applicants may choose a preferred scheme or works which will go over and above the basic minimum a DFG will provide, and in these circumstances Arun District Council will provide funding for the minimum mandatory works and it is then the responsibility of the individual / family to provide any additional funding required. The Council is not involved with the drawing up of plans or contractor selection this is the responsibility of the grant applicant. Many applicants choose to employ the services of an agent who will undertake this work and the DFG would cover the cost of any reasonable fees. A proposed scheme and plans would have to be agreed with the Council and the Occupational Therapist before the funding can be approved to a maximum limit of £30,000. The DFG legislation does not allow the Local Authority to approve an application for a grant if the relevant works have begun.

More information can be found at https://www.arun.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants

Arun Access Group : AA brief guide to your rights

The Equality Act 2010 together with the Codes of Practice, set out your rights as a disabled person. The act covers accessibility to facilities, goods and services. It is a legal requirement for all businesses and public authorities to take reasonable steps to ensure that their goods and services are as equally accessible to disabled people as they are to the public in general.

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All disabilities are covered, so providers need to consider how they make their goods and services available to wheelchair users as well as visually impaired people, and also those with learning disabilities.

If a provider fails to meet this legal requirement you may be able to win damages by suing them in the county court for disability discrimination.

See our links for organisations that can provide further help.