John Pring - 13 December 2018
The government should implement major changes to the scheme that provides funding for disabled people in England to make access improvements to their homes, according to an independent review.
Among the suggested improvements, the review says the government should increase the upper limit on disabled facilities grants (DFGs) from £30,000, although only in line with inflation.
It also suggests renaming the grant as part of a national awareness-raising campaign, with a new name that is “up to date and easily recognisable”; producing a fairer and more transparent funding formula; and introducing a national accreditation scheme for builders and tradespeople carrying out adaptations.... See more
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