How councils can best use Disabled Facilities Grants

The Better Care Fund (BCF) is designed to promote joint commissioning of health and social care by pooling a number of previously ring-fenced budgets.

While much of the focus has been on the integration of health and social care, 10% of the fund is now for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) that pay for adaptations in the homes of disabled people. That’s more than doubled over the last two years.

The reason for this increase is simple: if you live in a home that meets your needs, you’re more independent and likely to need less support from the state. However, doubling a budget within such a short space of time is not without its problems, and a number of local authorities have struggled to ramp up their home adaptations programmes.

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