DFG boost for Dudley Council to spend on mobility equipment

Dudley Council has been granted additional money to help local residents fund adaptations to their homes.

The council has received more than £660,000 from the government for its Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) which will fund home improvements such as stairlift, ramps, domestic lifts and accessible bathrooms.    

Councillor Keiran Casey, cabinet member for housing and residents welfare, told Dudley News: “We care passionately about the welfare of local residents, so we are very pleased we will be able to use this additional funding to help more people with disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes.

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“This funding supplements our ongoing annual budget and will allow us to continue our successful delivery of the grant programme.”

In October, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that an additional £55m will be pumped into the disabled facilities grant (DFG) in England.

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

While the additional money was welcomed by a number of disability charities, some said action was needed to tackle delays in the processing of applications.

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

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