Disabled Facilities Grants
Communities and Local Government

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Anne McGuire (Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions); Stirling, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what formula was used to distribute the disabled facilities grant to local authorities; and what size of grant was distributed to each local authority;

(2) how much disabled facilities grant funding was allocated to each local authority; and if he will make a statement.

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Andrew Stunell (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government; Hazel Grove, Liberal Democrat)

The disabled facilities grant was protected in the 2010 spending review and the Department for Communities and Local Government wrote to all local authorities in January 2011 to announce a small change to the allocation methodology for the disabled facilities grant for the financial year 2011-12. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, there is £180 million available to be distributed as disabled facilities grant to local authorities—an extra £11 million more than was available in 2010-11—and all local authorities will, as a minimum, receive what they were allocated in 2010-11.

The extra £11 million has been shared between the local authorities using a relative needs weighted index developed by the Building Research Establishment. In addition, in January 2012 we announced an additional £20 million disabled facilities grant funding, bringing the total in 2011-12 up to £200 million, which was also allocated to local authorities using the Building Research Establishment index. Details of the weighted index and the size of grant distributed to each local authority for 2012-13 are available on the DCLG website:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingolderpeople/

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