We had a recent query on our DFG Champions group that raised an issue around what costs can be included in a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) application.

As the end of the financial year approaches understanding how to make the most of your budget allocation can not only help support people stay safe and independent in their own homes but also ensure your agency doesn’t risk losing any underspend.

We were asked whether the cost of putting up a DFG applicant in temporary accommodation whilst works are completed could be included. This particular project was centred around a severely disabled child , the building work involved extensive internal alterations and it would be unsafe for the family to remain in the property. As moving the applicant to safe accommodation was an integral requirement of creating the asset we advised that this could be included.

It is recommended in the DFG Review that the costs of advising and supporting someone to move should be included. Housing options advice and support to move should be an integral part the DFG service.

The previous ring fence for the grant was relaxed in 2008 to allow for expenditure on items covered in a local housing assistance policy. However, this is still capital funding and as such should only be spent on items deemed to be capital expenditure. Capital expenditure typically includes expenditure on non-current assets such as land, buildings and plant and equipment. Agency and planning fees can be considered as capital expenditure if included as part of the whole project costs of the other fees such as planning etc.

With the increased DFG funding and additional flexibilities local authorities are routinely providing a wide range of innovative and responsive services to help frail or disabled residents cope with the physical barriers that their home environment can present.

If you are looking for further advice and support creating greater flexibility to allow the DFG to be used for associated purposes, such as moving home, or how funding can be pooled please get in touch with one of our regional managers. Email: [email protected]

If you would like guidance on the case management solutions and modules to support capital projects please email our case management team. Email: [email protected]