Friday, November 04, 2005

ODPM announces end of disability grants means testing

Families in England needing to adapt their homes to care for a disabled child will no longer be subject to means testing from next December, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has announced.

The Government's decision makes it easier for families to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to get funding for help to provide access ramps, stair lifts, level access showers and home extensions.

The change, which ensures families are entitled to apply for the maximum grant available without having to go through a means test, will mean they can now apply for up to £25,000 for disability improvements to their home.