Help to deliver more home adaptations to the disabled

Council agrees to streamline grant application process.

MORE local disabled people are set to benefit from funding to make adaptations to their homes.

North Devon Council Executive members have agreed to a new process of handling Disabled Facilities Grants, which should dramatically reduce waiting times and mean more people will receive the help they need.

A new technical housing officer will also be recruited, offering further specialist knowledge to the council’s Private Sector Housing team.

Executive member for housing, Councillor Faye Webber, said: “Demand for Disabled Facilities Grants has risen over recent years, with a drive to help a growing number of older or physically disabled people stay in their homes.

“These changes will simplify the process, making it easier for people to understand. It will also get us better prices for jobs, by using a wider range of builders and save time by cutting out the red tape, allowing us to respond to simple requests quicker.

“Bringing the expertise in-house instead of using a third party to carry out technical work on our behalf will ultimately create savings, which can then be ploughed into further adaptations.

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“In addition, with the extra funding we have received from central government for delivering disabled adaptations, we have also been able to secure work for many small businesses and local tradesmen.”

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