Policy Update Provides Financial Aid for Residents with Disabilities
On 30 October 2018, Mole Valley District Council's Cabinet approved the adoption of an updated 'Financial Assistance Policy for Disabled Facilities Adaptions and Private Housing Improvement'. The policy outlines measures which will better support those residents in need of assistance to be able to live independently at home.Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) receives funding from Central Government each year so that financial assistance, in the form of a Disabled Facilities Grant, can be made available to elderly and vulnerable residents with disabilities. The grant provides residents who meet the required eligibility criteria the opportunity to apply for funding to help meet and be able to support their specific needs.
The adopted policy provides information about the grants available. New guidance and advice from Surrey County Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups has been obtained. The grants now better reflect the needs of the local community, and more closely mirror the various types of assistance offered by other Surrey District and Borough Councils.
Councillor Patricia Wiltshire, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "While we have a statutory duty as the Local Housing Authority to award and deliver Disabled Facility Grants where appropriate, we are committed to go above and beyond just offering financial support so that we can better help and protect our most vulnerable residents. We are therefore providing a much broader advisory service and this will support local residents to live independently and safely at home. It will be provided through our partner, Home Improvement Agency (HIA), and reflect an integrated approach to health, social care and housing.
"The policy provides Mole Valley's vulnerable and disabled residents the tools to be able receive financial help for appropriate adaption of their homes. This would enable them to live independently for longer, whilst also facilitating their earlier discharge from hospital. Residents will also have the option to access subsidised home repairs through the HIA's Handy Person Service."