Budget Response - Paul's blog

For the second consecutive year the Chancellor has announced extra money for disabled facilities grants (DFG) - on top of the unprecedented increases we’ve seen over the last few years. This takes the annual allocation to over half a billion and surely shows that well adapted homes are a key part of the Government’s strategy for health and social care.

If we look back just 5 years, DFG allocations were announced on an annual basis and sometimes not until February or March. Then, almost out of the blue, the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) gave 5 years of funding certainty that has seen some Councils - but by no means all - transform the way they deliver home adaptation services.

Without being complacent, I think we can now be confident that the next CSR will see continued investment in DFG and now is the time to look at how we can make the most of the funding. The independent review of DFG will be published shortly but in the meantime our DFG Quality Standard provides a framework to prioritise improvements; part of the support we provide to local authorities and home improvement agencies.

We know that in many areas are struggling to recruit enough technical officers to deal with growing workloads. In response we’ve secured some grant funding of our own and can offer 6 months use of our online tender portal completely free of charge, no strings attached. We’ll even set it up to meet your bespoke requirements for free. It speeds up delivery by weeks and makes it easier to manage the whole construction process. Check out www.dfgtenders.co.uk or email info@foundations.uk.com for an online demo.