The national allocation of funding for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) is set to almost double, increasing from £220m in 2015-16 to £394m in 2016-17.
These figures were revealed in the recent publication of the Better Care Fund Policy Statement 2016/17 by DH & DCLG.
Whilst an increase by 2020 was announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement, the level of DFG allocations in the intervening years was not specified.
The new BCF Policy Statement again states that DFG monies are payable to local housing authorities to enable them to carry out their statutory duties with regard to DFG provision, but it should be noted that two new national conditions for the Better Care Fund have been introduced.
These require local areas to fund NHS commissioned out-of-hospital services and to develop a clear, focused action plan for managing delayed transfers of care (DTOC), including locally agreed targets. It would be surprising if the use of the extra DFG money was not in some way linked to DTOC.
Details of individual local authority DFG allocations are yet to be announced [Jan 2016]