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£6.7m grant for adaptations to help disabled

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 03, 2013

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The Government has set aside more than £6.7 million to help Westcountry councils fund adaptations to enable disabled people to live independently in their own homes.

Housing minister Mark Prisk confirmed yesterday that the funds had been earmarked for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Councils across England will receive a share of the £180 million Disabled Facilities Grant, which provides financial help to install a wide range of housing adaptations or modifications such as wider doorways, stair lifts and level-access showers.

Mr Prisk said the grant was essential to help thousands of people stay in their homes if their circumstances change, providing the support that disabled or vulnerable people need to live independently and comfortably, whether they are homeowners, social tenants or living in rented accommodation.

Mr Prisk said: "For many people, the security of being able to stay in your own home in difficult times can have a real impact on their health and wellbeing. That's why we've protected the Disabled Facilities Grant."

Ministers have protected the Disabled Facilities Grant programme for the last three years, with a further £185 million expected in next year's funding.

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