DFG ToR and Law courses
The law relating to disabled facilities grant provision is complex and in some cases has been imperfectly framed. This one day course seeks to explain in detail the legislation relating to grants and to bring it together with guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in a fun and informative way.
The course also discusses current policy issues within this field, such as discretionary schemes run by authorities, which forms should be used and what information gathered, "preliminary" means-tests, the role of agencies, future funding of the scheme, placing charges on properties, etc. Although there may be reference to some issues within the means-test, this is not a course about means-testing.
To equip anyone needing to know the details of disabled facilities grants legislation with that knowledge and to provide an opportunity to compare practice and policies with others working in this field. The relevant parts of the 1996 Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act, as well as the various orders issued under that Act, will be fully dealt with, as will DCLG guidance and other circulars.
By the end of this course participants will be able to:
Understand how the legislation works
Navigate the legislation
Deal with complex situations
Decide which forms to use and what information to collect
Be aware of current policy issues within this field, including, in England, the Better Care Fund
During parts of the course reference will be made to the Ferret Renovation Grants Law and Guidance CD publication to highlight particular areas.
Who this course is for
The course is suitable for those working with DFGs and wanting to know more about the legislation, either front-line workers or managers. It is not suitable for those with limited experience in this area.
Who this course is not for
Anyone new to disabled facilities grants.
Those wishing an introduction to the means-test should attend the Introductory course.
Anyone who is experienced in that area but wishes to discuss the finer points of means-testing should consider either the Intermediate or Advanced courses.
To arrange an in-house course or to register interest in an open course, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.