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Published on 20 August 2017

Winchester City Council Private Sector Housing Team wish to introduce the Disabled Facilities Grant Service which may be of benefit to residents in our parish.  

The Disabled facilities grant is for people with disabilities or those who have difficulties maintaining their independence in a home they own, rent privately or rent from a housing association to fund essential adaptations to the property. These adaptations could include stair lifts, level access showers and changes to access for example all with the aim of keeping residents  independent for longer in their homes.  

This grant has been available for many years through Winchester City Council, however it has recently benefited from a increase in funding which means the service is expanding to help more people. In the past  those in need of this grant have had to go through Adult Services for an Occupational Therapist assessment which would then be passed through to Winchester City Council. But now, WCC have their own in house Occupational Therapist Lindsey Steel and are able to take an increasing number of direct referrals from people in our district. 

If eligible for the grant the team will:

•             Recommend the adaptations through an OT assessment 

•             Liaise with a select with a group of approved contractors for a quote 

•             Communicate with property owners, landlords etc. to gain permission for the adaptations

•             Employ the chosen contractor to complete the works 

•             Authorise and manage payment for the works 

•             Inspect the works once completed and be on hand to help through out the process

So if you have any enquires about this or any questions about the service please do not hesitate to contact the team?

There is a dedicated email address for referrals and questions about the grant: 

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If calling the dedicated number is 01962 848 455

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