The Department of Health and Social Care has appointed the University of West of England to carry out an independent review of Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) in England.
The University will be working with Foundations, the Building Research Establishment, Ferret Information System and an experienced occupational therapist to look at both the operation of the grant and the wider delivery of home adaptations to support the independence of disabled people living in their own homes.
Despite increases to the annual DFG budget, demand for adaptations has always outstripped supply and this is set to continue as the population ages. The review will seek to ensure that home adaptation policy remains fit for purpose and that funds are being allocated as effectively as possible.
Part of the review will include a considerations of new innovations, technology and market development in the changing aids and adaptations market.
Other topics will include how the DFG is used currently – who gets what and how it’s delivered.
The review will look at how the DFG could change in the future – focussing on the means test, the £30,000 upper limit, the allocation formula and methods of delivery.
The link between adaptations and health and social care services, including timely discharge from hospital will also be explored.
The review will report back at the end of May with evidence-based recommendations on how the grant could operate in the future.
Consultations are set to take place in Leeds, London and Wolverhampton later this month.