The Cabinet Member and Champion for Disabled People introduced a report on a new, five-year Aids and Adaptions Policy that would enable more residents with disabilities to stay in their own home and improve their health and wellbeing.
The Cabinet Member explained that new policy set out how private homeowners and tenants with disabilities would be supported by the Council, via Disabled Facilities Grant, to live as independently as possible through the use of aids and adaptations. The policy also meant that additional assistance could be given to more residents through six new discretionary grants and four social care projects, which were detailed in the report.
Cabinet resolved to:
(i) Approve the Aids and Adaptations Policy 2022-27 as set out at Appendix A to the report;
(ii) Agree the proposed additional project uses for the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) Capital Allocation as set out in paragraphs 2.9 - 2.16 of the report; and
(iii) Delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Children and Adults, and Commissioning Director, Care and Support, in consultation with the Cabinet Member and Champion for Disabled People, to revise, prioritise and/or withdraw discretionary assistance in line with the Aids and Adaptations Policy as appropriate, considering the Council’s available resources and annual funding allocations.