Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

The DFG - Before and after the introduction of the Better Care Fund

Over the last 25 years the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) has helped over 40,000 people a year to live in more accessible housing. The DFG is a means-tested grant to install showers, stairlifts, ramps or to make other changes to the home to enable disabled children and adults to lead more independent lives. It is becoming increasingly important as the population ages. It restores dignity, improves safety and makes life easier both for disabled people themselves and for their carers. It can be crucial in avoiding a move into care or in enabling someone to leave hospital.

Foundations' latest report uses the findings from a series of projects on home adaptation services, plus analysis of the LOGASnet data (annual returns to central government) to show how the DFG has developed, and to raise issues relating to grant delivery systems, funding and resource allocation. It examines how services are being reorganised since the introduction of the Better Care Fund.. 


Download the report

Main findings summary

 




The Department for Communities and Local Goverment  has commissioned Foundations to support delivery and improve customer service across the sector. In response Foundations have appointed a DFG Transformation Lead to support agencies and commissioners to improve DFG delivery.

As part of this new service, we offer free DFG audits, major DFG reviews and will be sharing good practice through the website, regional meetings and one to one sessions.

DFGs are now part of the Better Care Fund and we are interested in how the funding is being distributed to local Housing Authorities and what monitoring arrangements have been put in place. So please send us your feedback on this and other issues. We are also in discussion with the Department of Health about what monitoring arrangements would be useful to provide evidence to support continuation of the funding both on Performance and Outcome monitoring.

We are of course interested in what initiatives you are participating in locally to measure performance so please let us know so we can share with others and help inform a national standard.

DFGs need to be seen within the context of the wider need for adaptations and it is therefore crucial that agencies develop services for the wider population who are able to fund their own adaptation but need the expertise and support of agencies to ensure good quality and appropriate work.

For further details contact us