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Housing: Disability

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to increase the level of funding available to local authorities for carrying out adaptations to homes inhabited by people with disabilities. [HL115]

The Government regard the disabled facilities grant programme as an important means to help disabled and older people continue to live as independently as possible by having their homes adapted. That is why we have more than doubled the government funds available for the programme from £57 million in 1997 to £146 million in 2008 with an increase of £10 million in each of the subsequent years making the budget £166 million by 2010. This represents a significant increase in the funding for this important programme.

On 10 December 2008 we announced the local authority allocations for the disabled facilities grant programme in England for 2009-10, an increase of 7 per cent on the amount for 2008-09.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 27 October regarding local housing allowances and disabled people needing 24-hour care, what representations they have received from the Snowdon Award Scheme; and what response they will send. [HL217]

I have recently received a letter from the chief executive of the Snowdon Award Scheme, the contents of which is being considered. I will send a substantive reply in due course and copy it to my noble friend.