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Grant funding

ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
My OT has done an assessment at home and has recommended some changes to the house for me to gain a bit more independence. I’ve applied for the Diabikity Funding Grant and I believe this is means tested. 
I was just wandering if anyone knows how much I would need to contribute as my partner works and I can’t find any information online.
Thanks 
Ash 

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  • buzzerbuzzer Member Posts: 107 Pioneering
    Its decided by each local authority as they were given discretionary powers to administer the funding in 2008. 

    Try & be kind to one another even if we may have different views. 

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Hi @ash5896, I hope the recommendations will help with your independence! I hope the community will be able to help you with this :)
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    Scope
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    Thank you buzzer and Chloe I do too but I’m just worried about the contributions a s we don’t have much in savings and we just about manage to keep our head above the water line 
    Ash 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Hi @ash5896, have you heard anymore about this? The contribution may be based on your savings.
    Community Partner
    Scope
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    hi I have an appointment with a financial assessor from the council at the end of July. Not sure how it works at all she’s just asked me to have evidence of PIP and ESA ready. 
    Ash 
  • atlas46atlas46 Community champion Posts: 827 Pioneering
    Hi @ash5896

    A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), is means tested, your household income is taken into consideration, as well as savings over £6,000.

    The grant in England has a £30,000 limit.

    There is also a clause, if you are a home owner, that if you sell the property in the future, you will be liable to repay some of the grant.

    Your council should provide specific details, prior to your pending financial assessment, about the DFG scheme they operate.

    Hope this helps.
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,090 Scope community team
    Hello @ash5896
    Here is a Grants Checker Tool that might help.
    Scope
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    Thand you for all the advice really appreciated will let you know once the assessors have been 
    Ash 
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    edited September 2019
    So had a financial assessment last week and got a reply literately a few minutes ago. We have been refused the grant so unfortunately can’t have any of the works done that the OT said I needed. It is really disappointing as we don’t have any savings at all and never have done. I’m going to try and speak to my OT or social worker to see if they can help. We even applied for a bank loan prior to this and this was rejected as we didn’t have enough disposable income. 
    I really feel let down now as prior to my disability I worked all my life and when your in need there doesn’t seem to be any help. I wouldn’t even mind if I could get myself a job but even that’s a nightmare. They tell you they’re interested but when they see the extent of your disability you don’t meet their criteria. 
    Ash 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Hi @ash5896, I'm really sorry to hear this! I hope your OT or social worker is able to recommend something further so you can access the support you need.

    Please do keep us updated!
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    Scope
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    I will do thank you Chloe. Do you know of any other channels I maybe able to access any help?
    Ash 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Did you try the grant checker tool that @Richard_Scope suggested?

    Or you could try contacting your local MP if none of the above works. Here is a tool that allows you to see who your MP is and how you can contact them: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
    Community Partner
    Scope
  • ash5896ash5896 Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    I did yes. Unfortunately our MP is not very helpful. I’ve tried contacting her on a number of occasions but never get a response 
    Ash 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    I'm sorry to hear this. I hope an OT or social worker can be more helpful!
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    Scope
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