Harrogate Council makes £30k grants available for disability home adaptations

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Harrogate Borough Council has announced Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) of £30,000 for people who need to purchase equipment and make home adaptations to help them live more independently.

Residents will be able to receive the grant after a home assessment has been carried out by an OT and the money can be used to purchase stairlifts, wet floor shower rooms, external ramps and through-floor lifts.

It is hoped the grants will mean disabled people will not have to raise any of the funds themselves, although certain applications will be means tested.

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The council is working alongside the Home Improvement Agency to administer the scheme and OT visits are organised through North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillor Mike Chambers, cabinet member with responsibility for housing, told Stay FM: “I am delighted we are able to be able to offer these disabled facilities grants.

“We have more funds available than ever before to support residents across the district.

“The grants have the potential to transform the lives of anyone who’s been struggling at home because of a disability.

“If we can help get people out of hospital sooner or prevent someone being admitted in the first place, it is money well spent.”

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