A council has been recognised for its move to make DFG grants more accessible for local residents, making it easier to get hold of funding to purchase access and mobility solutions for their homes. It is one of the latest UK authorities to announce plans to quicken the DFG process.
Cheshire East Council’s streamlining initiative saw it crowned ‘Home Adaptations Service of the Year at the Home Improvement Agency awards are organised by Foundations, a national body funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The council was praised for its ‘innovative work’, which has seen it substantially cut red tape. It has also increased the ceiling for grants from £30,000 to £50,000 so people can invest in more solutions that meet their specific needs.
Cllr Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing and planning, told the Knutsford Guardian: “Relieving the pressure on health services and social care is a crucial role for this council and it is rewarding for the staff involved to see their work recognised with this award.”
Councils around the UK are being encouraged to streamline their DFG services and make it easier for people to access the grant.
Some of the councils taking these initiatives are working with local mobility dealers to deliver services more effectively.
Earlier this year, Obam Stairlifts teamed up with its local council in a scheme designed to speed up the DFG process.
Previously a person applying for a DFG would have a tender sent out and a maximum of three different companies would visit the person to find out their specific needs. The companies would then send their quotes to the council and the council would then decide.
Now, Obam has been listed as the council’s preferred provider which means the DFG applicant receives just one visit from one provider.