(1) what systems for monitoring have been established to ensure that the disabled facilities grant devolved without ring-fencing to local authorities has been spent for the purposes for which it was intended;
(2) what monitoring his Department carries out to ensure that disabled facilities grant funding allocations for local authorities are spent on housing adaptations and other disabled facilities services; and if he will make a statement.
My Department provides funding for the disabled facilities grant, which is a statutory entitlement and helps to fund the provision of adaptations which enable disabled people to live as comfortably and independently as possible in their own homes.
DCLG has secured £725 million for the grant in the 2010 spending review for the period 2011-12 to 2014-15. In 2011-12 the annual allocation for the grant rose to £180 million, an increase of £11 million compared to the 2010-11 budget of £169 million. The allocation for the grant will increase further to £185 million by the end of the spending review (2014-15). In January 2012, the Government invested an extra £20 million for the disabled facilities grant bringing the total grant in 2011-12 to £200 million.
The funding is un-ringfenced, which provides local authorities with greater freedom and flexibility in delivering adaptations. Local authorities have a statutory duty to carry out adaptations under the disabled facilities grant. We have not imposed additional monitoring requirements, as this administration has a clear policy of seeking to reduce Whitehall interference and monitoring.