Research by the Leonard Cheshire Foundation has revealed that two thirds of councils are missing legal deadlines when it comes to provision of disabled facilities grants (DFGs) to meet the costs of essential home adaptations for disabled people.
‘The Long Wait for a Home’ reveals that almost half (44%) of councils had examples of disabled people waiting more than two years for DFG payment. Eight councils reported waits of over four years.
Councils are struggling to meet the increase in demand. DFG applications have risen by 6% since 2011/12 but the amount of adaptations funded in the same period has risen by only half that (3%).
Health and social care policies are committed to independent living at home for more disabled and older people. Home adaptations play a vital role in enabling this to happen but so far most local budgets have not been set at levels which are adequate to achieve this aspiration.