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Disabled Facilities Grants

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of (a) demand and (b) funding available for disabled facilities grants in Somerset; and if he will make a statement; (303736)

(2) what his latest estimate is of disabled facilities grant allocations in each local authority in England as a percentage of assessed grant need in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.

Communities and Local Government provided local authorities in Somerset with £1.7 million in 2009-10 towards their disabled facilities grant budgets.

The 2009-10 estimates on the disabled facilities grant allocations as a percentage of assessed need is available on Communities and Local Government website at

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/supportandadaptations/housingadaptations/localauthoritydfgallocations/

Local authorities are required to complete an annual claim and monitoring form to the Department for disabled facilities grants. This includes information on the level of contribution claimed from central government, levels of expenditure and levels of demand. The most recent data collection exercise, which has been expanded in 2009-10 to gather more information on levels of grant need, is nearly complete and we will be publishing the figures early in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has allocated for disabled facilities grants (DFG) in each local authority (a) per head of population, (b) per person of retirement age and (c) per person in receipt of disability living allowance and/or attendance allowance in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. (303743)

Communities and Local Government provided £158 million in 2009-10 to support local authorities in their responsibilities to deliver disabled facilities grants. Funding has grown steadily from £57 million in 1997-98. That funding is allocated to local authorities using a formula which takes into account regional level data from the English House Condition Survey on the number of disabled people in each region living in unsuitable housing and a regional building cost index. For each local authority there is also a local needs indicator, based on the number of individuals in that authority in receipt of either disability living allowance or attendance allowance.

The levels of funding ranked by head of population, per person of retirement age and per person in receipt of disability living allowance and/or attendance allowance are not collected by Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken for the award of disabled facilities grants in each local authority in Somerset; and if he will make a statement. (303735)

Communities and Local Government does not collect information from local authorities on the average time taken for the award of disabled facilities grants. Responsibility for the management and delivery of the programme rests with local housing authorities.