West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has questioned the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government about access to Disabled Facilities Grant.
Following communication with Age UK, MP Rosie raised a query about access to the Disabled Facilities Grant for older tenants and their landlords in the private rented sector.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary Luke Hall MP responded:
“Anyone can apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant, including people living in private rented accommodation, subject to a means test and an assessment of need. Tenure should not impact a person’s ability to access the home adaptations they need. The Government also funds Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies. Foundations works closely with local authorities to promote best practice in the delivery of home adaptations, including providing information and advice to older people living in private rented accommodation and their landlords.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“Whilst I am grateful for the Minister’s response, I have responded to him asking again specifically about the issue of tenure, as Age UK’s research suggests that these grants require the tenant to prove that they will remain in the property for a defined period of time once the work has been completed. This can be difficult for private renters because of the nature of Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
“The Minister states that tenure ‘should’ not have any impact, but in light of the research from Age UK I have written to the Minister to ask if this is legislated for or simply guidance to local authorities.
“Government and local authorities should be making it as accessible as possible for older tenants in the private sector to secure essential housing adaptations.”