Cheshire council makes it easier for people to access DFG

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing and planning

Cheshire East Council has set aside £2.4m to make it easier for elderly and disabled people to buy solutions from local mobility providers.

Part of the plans is a new financial assistance policy which has just come into effect and is designed to make it easier for vulnerable people at risk or on benefits, to access funds for adaptations such as stairlifts, improved insulation and other essential repairs and improvements.

The council’s cabinet agreed to pay up to £50,000 in disabled facilities grant (DFG) and widened the scope of the grant to make it more flexible.

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The new initiatives have just come into effect and it is hoped the move will help people to access special adaptations instead of having to go into care or have an expensive care package.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “This policy will help our elderly and vulnerable residents get the repairs and improvements they need in order to be independent, safe and healthy in their own homes.

“In some circumstances it will also help pay for necessary adaptations to another property, such as a relative’s, that they visit regularly.

“By introducing this, Cheshire East Council will exceed its statutory duties to elderly and vulnerable residents in the borough, reducing the long-term financial impact for our health and social services.”

Under the previous policy, the council facilitated investment of almost £7m, improving the homes and lives of 1,450 vulnerable people. The policy has drawn in £2.1m in match funding and the Council says it has the potential to save £3.8m in health and social care spending.

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