BREAKING NEWS: £55m cash boost for disabled facilities grant, Chancellor announces

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced today that an additional £55m will be pumped into the disabled facilities grant (DFG) in England in 2018-19.

The cash injection is in addition to a £650m adult social care funding boost for English councils in 2019-20.

Addressing the Commons in the Autumn Budget this afternoon, Mr Hammond also referred to the previously announced £20.5bn increase for the NHS over the next five years.

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DFG allows disabled people to get a grant from their council to make changes to their homes which includes installing ramps, stairlifts and adaptable bathrooms.

While the additional money has been welcomed by a number of disability charities, some have said action is now needed to tackle delays in the processing of applications.

Mr Hammond also pledged £84m over the next five years to expand children’s social care programmes to 20 councils.

The Chancellor said the funding announcement was designed to ease “immediate pressures” on local authorities in providing care for elderly and disabled people.

He said the move was move being made shortly ahead of the Social Care Green Paper which would look at the long term future of the sector.

Aside from social care, Mr Hammond confirmed that there would be £900m in business rates relief for small businesses and £650m to rejuvenate high street, which was originally announced on 26 October.

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