Disabled People: Grants

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st December 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Thomas of Winchester Baroness Thomas of Winchester Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the results of the pilots undertaken in 2008-09 by Cumbria County Council, Oldham Council, Sheffield Council and Westminster City Council on the impact of removing the ring-fencing of the disabled facilities grant were taken into account in the decision in the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review to remove the ring-fencing of the disabled facilities grant.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of the ring-fencing of the disabled facilities grant in the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review upon (1) the number of housing adaptions in each local authority in the United Kingdom, and (2) spending by each local authority on housing adaptions in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Despite the need to tackle the budget deficit that we inherited from the last Administration, we are increasing spending on disabled facilities grant over the spending review period, from £169 million in 2010-11 to £180 million in 2011-12, rising to £185 million in 2014-15. This reflects the priority this Government attaches to protecting the vulnerable, and the value of this scheme in helping disabled people to live as comfortably and independently as possible in their homes.

The coalition Government are also committed to decentralisation and greater freedoms for local government, which is why we have freed funding from Whitehall ring-fencing.

This decentralisation will give local authorities the ability to commission services innovatively, for example by linking up with other related funding streams and programmes to produce better outcomes from the available resources.

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