Disabled Facilities Grants

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th April 2012.

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Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(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.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

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.

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