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The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 sets out the main provisions for the Disabled Facilities Grant. Alongside the Act a number of orders, directions and consents were published that detail how many of the provisions work in practice – including the means test and the upper limit.
A number of orders and regulations were introduced between 2001 and 2003, mostly linked to the introduction of the Regulatory Reform Order which amended the Act to remove all other grants, leaving only the Disabled Facilities Grant.
Following a review of Disabled Facilities Grants and a consultation on a range of changes, there were several orders, regulations and consents introduced. These included raising the upper limit and introducing local land charges for grants over £5,000.