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About Disability Living Allowance and Disabled Facilities Grants

Published on June 11, 2015 by Ryan Taylor in News, Property Investment

There are a number of different benefits that are available to people in the UK depending on their circumstances, one of which is Disability Living Allowance. These disability grants are available for both adults and children that meet the criteria and the purpose of disabilities facilities grants is to provide financial assistance to those facing extra costs that have arisen as a result of their disability.

Disability Living Allowance is not paid out for a disability as such but rather for the costs that actually arise as a result of that disability.

There are two separate components to this particular benefit, which includes the care component and the mobility one. Which of these you will receive depends on the disability from which you suffer and your circumstances. Another thing that you should remember is that you have to be under the age of sixty-five in order to claim DLA, as those aged over this age bracket may be eligible for another type of benefit, which is Attendance Allowance.

This benefit is non-means tested and in general you do not have to have any medical examination in order to make a claim, although this is not always the case. In the event that a medical examination is requested, this is generally to gather more information about the nature of the disability so that the claim can be properly assessed and fair decision reached.

Who is this benefit for?

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit that a number of people may be eligible for based on their circumstances. This includes people who have mental disabilities, those with physical disabilities and those who suffer from both mental and physical disabilities. If you have walking disabilities you require someone to help you care for yourself as a result of the severity of the disability you may be eligible for this benefit. It is also worth noting that your income and savings does not affect your ability to get this benefit, and it is available to those who do not work providing they meet the criteria.

Disability grants are also available to those who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there are special rules in place when it comes to making an application if you are expected not to live for more than another 6 months. This is in order to get the claim expedited so that the money can be paid to you as quickly as possible as a result of the circumstances.

Disabled Facilities Grants to make changes to the home

Of course, it is important to remember that some people with disabilities need to have adaptations made to the home in order to be able to live comfortably and get around with greater ease. This type of work doesn’t come cheap but there are grants available from the government that can help. The Disabled Facilities Grant is a special funding grant that is available to those with disabilities who need to make changes to the home in order to live in their homes without any major issues.

These grants are made available from the local authority and they can be used for a wide variety of adaptations based upon your disability and your requirements. Some of the key areas where these grants may be used in terms of making changes to the home include:

  • Making doorways wider to allow for wheelchair access
  • Installing ramps around the home for wheelchair users
  • The installation of a downstairs bathroom for those with mobility issues
  • The installation of a stair lift for those that struggle to use the stairs
  • Installing a suitable heating system
  • Making changes to lighting controls so that they can be used with greater ease

It is also important to remember that these grants, if awarded, will not have any negative impact on your benefits, so if you feel that you need to have changes made to your home due to your disability it is well worth contacting your local council to discuss getting a grant to pay for the work.

Will it affect your other benefits?

You may find that if you do make a successful claim for Disability Living Allowance or a Disabled Facilities Grant it could have a positive effect on the amount of other benefits that you are entitled to including Income Support, Housing Benefit and Child Tax Credit amongst others. DLA is not seen as an income when working out these benefits so those who are on other benefits should not have to worry about a claim for Disability benefit adversely affecting the amount that they receive in other benefits. Likewise, the Disabled Facilities Grants will not have any adverse effect on your benefits

Making your claim

If you feel that you may be entitled to one or both component s of Disability Living Allowance, you need to make your claim as quickly as possible as you could otherwise find that you lose some of your benefit. You need to complete and submit the forms that come with the claim pack, and this can be obtained online or via the local benefits office. Once you have completed the relevant paperwork, which will be outlined in the pack that you receive, you should submit them for assessment. Officers will assess the claim based on the information that you have provided and will then come back to you with a decision or to let you know whether further information/a medical is required in order for your claim to be properly assessed and for a decision on your application to be made.

Likewise, if you feel that you are entitles to a Disabled Facilities Grant, you need to ensure that you contact your local authority in order to discuss the changes that you wish to make and why. Generally, someone from the council will make an appointment to come out and check your property so that any changes can be discussed and a decision about your grant reached more easily. If approved, you can then start making arrangements to have the work carried out.

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About the author
Ryan TaylorRyan has worked in many areas of property over his eight years in the business. From Lettings to Property Management to New Home Sales to Investment, his knowledge and passion are second to none. He is currently based in Nottingham.

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