Autism: Disabled Facilities Grants

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st February 2022.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has provided through the Disabled Facilities Grants for children with autism in each of the last five years.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Disabled Facilities Grants for children with autism in enabling them to stay in their homes as opposed to being placed in residential care.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The refreshed national autism strategy has been extended to children and young people, recognising that many autistic people can live well in their own homes if these are adapted to their needs. Since 2010, we have invested more than £4 billion in the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), delivering an estimated 490,000 home adaptations. The number of children with an autism diagnosis who received a DFG in each of the last five years is not held centrally.

Foundations, the national body for Home Improvement Agencies, has published a guide for local authorities ‘A Guide to Adaptations For Children and Young People With Behaviours That Challenge’ which includes advice on DFGs for autistic children and young people and those with learning disabilities. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://booklets.foundations.uk.com/adaptationsforbehavioursthatchallenge#page=1

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