Council grants to help vulnerable residents remain in their homes
Posted on: 6 November 2019
North Devon residents who need to make home improvements, repairs or adaptions will soon be able to apply for enhanced grants to help them get the work done, thanks to a funding injection of £2 million to North Devon Council.
At a meeting of the council’s Strategy and Resources Committee on Monday 4 November, councillors agreed to a revised policy that will enable the council to:
- provide grants to residents for urgent repairs
- install stair lifts to enable residents to stay in their homes, and
- increase the ‘top up’ funding available for energy efficiency measures under the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
The ECO energy efficiency scheme is designed to support households that are considered to be in fuel poverty. To date, over 400 households in North Devon have been assisted by the scheme.
The council’s new policy has been made possible thanks to an allocation of money from the Better Care Fund (BCF), a government initiative that brings existing resources from the NHS and local authorities into a single budget. The BCF seeks to join up health and care services so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.
North Devon Council’s Lead Member for Housing, Councillor Nicola Topham says: “We are thrilled to have been allocated such a large sum of money by the Better Care Fund, which will have a very positive impact on disabled and vulnerable people in our district. As well as the Disabled Facilities Grant, which we already provide, we will soon be able offer a range of other grants to help people repair, improve and adapt their homes so that they can remain there. Where staying is not an option, we may also be able to help people to move. We have a bit of work to do before we can start to issue grants and we will keep residents informed of our progress.”
Grants are means tested and will be subject to eligibility criteria. Information about the grants, when they become available, will be posted on North Devon Council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk/housing and social media pages.Posted in: