Issue details

Housing Assistance Policy: Enabling Independent Living

To seek approval for an updated Housing Assistance Policy to offer wider financial support to older and disabled people to enable them to live independently at home for as long as possible.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 10/02/2021

Decision due: 20 Jul 2021 by Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing

Lead member: Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing

Lead director: Executive Director: People

Department: People

Contact: Sarah Gee, Assistant Director: Early Help and Communities Email: sarah.gee@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Tel: 01344 351447.

Consultation process

Housing have worked collaboratively with Adult Social Care and a specialist OT seconded to the DFG Team to develop the policy

Consultees

None externally

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director of People

Financial Impact: There are no additional resource implications arising from this report. The new policy framework enables more flexible use of the Disabled Facility Grant budget. Funding is received annually in the form of a government grant (the disabled facilities capital grant determination 2020-21 was £853,469). All grants within the policy will be funded from this allocation plus ‘underspend’ carried forward from previous years capital awards. The mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is seen as one of the main support packages that eligible older people and people with long-term health conditions are able to access to support them to remain living independently in the community, but it is also acknowledged that the DFG is an ‘old’ grant based on legislation which is over 30 years old and which in modern society can be limiting in terms of the support it can offer. Therefore, the Policy utilises the powers available to the Council to extend the support it offers using the DFG funding to en