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Disabled Facilities Grant

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken by local authorities to deliver projects for (a) veterans and (b) other disabled persons funded through the disabled facilities grant. (295612)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: Responsibility for the management and delivery of the programme rests with local housing authorities. As a mandatory grant, Communities and Local Government expects these important services to be prioritised and delivered within the legal time frame. The regulations that govern the disabled facilities grant programme are clear about how long anyone should wait for a grant and are triggered by the receipt of a valid disabled facilities grant application. A decision on whether or not to award the grant must be made within six months. The grant must then be paid by the authority either on completion of the works or by a date specified in the decision letter, whichever is sooner. That date must be no longer than 12 months from the date of the application for grant.