Funding boost for disabled facilities work in Birmingham

Cllr Steve Bedser

Cllr Steve Bedser

Birmingham City Council has secured additional funding for vital work to adapt and transform the homes of disabled people across the city.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has allocated an additional £643,969 for work to carry out work on private sector homes in Birmingham.

The Disabled Facilities Grants money will be spent on a range of adaptation, including:

  • widening doors and installing ramps
  • improving access to rooms and facilities
  • installing stairlifts
  • installing downstairs bathrooms
  • providing a heating systems suitable
  • adapting heating or lighting controls

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “This work makes a huge difference to the lives of many vulnerable people and their families, increasing their independence and improving their overall quality of life.

“By securing this additional money we can provide a genuine lifeline for individuals and their families across the city.”

Birmingham City Council currently spends £7 million a year on adaptations (£4 million on private sector homes and £3 million on public sector housing)

Anyone applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant must be assessed by an occupational therapist from the Adults and Communities service. The occupational therapist will consider a range of options, including rehabilitation, minor equipment and adaptations and care services.

To ask about an assessment, please contact the Adults and Communities Access team on 0121 303 1234.

If you wish to appoint your own contractor and apply directly for a disabled facilities grant, you will still need to be assessed by an occupational therapist. For an application form and further information, please contact us on 0121 303 6330.

ENDS

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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