Individuals can get a grant from their council if they’re disabled and need to make changes to their home, for example to widen doors and install ramps; improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom; provide a heating system suitable for their needs; and adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
If the person is registered or registered disabled, or have a member of your family who is registered disabled, you may be eligible to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant. The grant can help with the cost of adapting your home to make it easier for the disabled person to continue living there.
The grant will cover the full cost of the eligible work, up to a maximum of £30,000. The grant is subject to a test of financial resources. If you are required to make a financial contribution, this will be deducted from the cost of the eligible work, or the £30,000 grant limit, whichever is the lesser amount.
In the case of a disabled child, the parents’ or guardians’ income and savings are discounted and there is no financial test of resources.
There are no conditions attached to grants of up to £5,000. For grants over £5,000, they must be repaid in full if the owner or the disabled person disposes of the property or fails to comply with any grant conditions within 10 years of the works being completed. In these circumstances, the amount to be repaid would be the full value of the grant, up to a maximum of £10,000.
If the total cost of the work exceeds £30,000, you may be entitled to additional financial support though a Discretionary Disabled Adaptations Grant. Terms and conditions apply and full details will be provided if this option might be suitable for you.
Please see the London Borough of Redbridge website for details.