Additional funds available to help some North Devon Households

Posted on: 14 August 2018

Additional funds are available for disabled adaptions and improvements to North Devon households following the introduction of a new housing policy for Devon.

At a meeting of its Executive on Monday (6 August), North Devon Council members agreed to adopt a new Devon wide Housing Assistance Policy for the Better Care Fund (BCF) for the North Devon district. The new policy means the council can provide more Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs), Accessible Homes Grants and Healthy Homes Grants. These grants will provide support and facilities to households in need meeting the BCF priorities of reducing admissions to hospital and residential nursing care homes.

Through the fund the council has received an increase in funding for housing with more money coming directly from the government to provide improvements. The increased funds have been provided following redistribution of those not needed by other Devon councils to North Devon as part of the policy. 

Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “I am pleased that the government has provided the opportunity for us to access extra funding under this new policy. It provides an opportunity to extend the scope of our current assistance policy to help residents who are in poor health improve their homes and as a result, improve their health and wellbeing. We are extremely grateful to the other Devon authorities that we have received the additional funding from, via the government.”

The BCF has been created by government to encourage more joint working between councils and the NHS. It intends to transform the way the NHS and local councils work together, to put people first and help residents live at home with independence for longer and increase the transfer rate from hospital to home.

More information about housing grants and loans available to North Devon residents is available on the benefits and grants pages of the council website.

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