(2) what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the removal of the obligation on local authorities to contribute 40 per cent. of disability facility grant awards on the (a) level and (b) effectiveness of such awards; and if she will make a statement.
The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is a mandatory grant used to provide adaptations to the homes of disabled people. Local authorities in England report to the Department their annual DFG expenditure through the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix. The 2006-07 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix report is the latest available data and is available at:
Communities and Local Government do not hold information on how much local authorities plan to spend on DFG in the next five years.
The following table details funding for the past five years and Communities and Local Government funding for the current Comprehensive Spending Review period.
DFG 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Government contribution 99,000 99,572 111,294 120,723 138,250 146,081 156,000 166,000 Total including LA contribution 194,890 210,922 221,289 232,828 259,389 274,356 n/a n/a Note: 2007-08 and 2008-09 are estimated returns provided by the 2006-07 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix.
Total including LA contribution
Note: 2007-08 and 2008-09 are estimated returns provided by the 2006-07 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix.
Prior to 2008-09 Communities and Local Government contributed 60 per cent. of the value of the DFG to local authorities up to an agreed allocation with the local authority funding the remaining 40 per cent. Many local authorities have been spending considerably more than the 40 per cent. match funding element of the DFG on providing adaptations. The mandatory nature of the DFG remains in place with the legal responsibility for delivering the scheme resting with local authorities. It is therefore expected that the removal of the 60:40 split will have no impact on the level of local authority investment.
Relaxing the ring fence will enable local authorities to bring together different funding streams, allowing greater flexibility and freedom in administering the programme. It will also empower local authorities to design services which fit with local delivery arrangements and the needs of individuals. Local authorities will, for example, be able to use DFG funding to cover the costs of moving home, where this is a more appropriate solution to adaptation.