DFG ToR and Law courses

Overview

The law relating to disabled facilities grant provision is complex and in some cases has been imperfectly framed. This one day course seeks to explain in detail the legislation relating to grants and to bring it together with guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in a fun and informative way.

The course also discusses current policy issues within this field, such as discretionary schemes run by authorities, which forms should be used and what information gathered, "preliminary" means-tests, the role of agencies, future funding of the scheme, placing charges on properties, etc. Although there may be reference to some issues within the means-test, this is not a course about means-testing.

 

Course purpose

To equip anyone needing to know the details of disabled facilities grants legislation with that knowledge and to provide an opportunity to compare practice and policies with others working in this field. The relevant parts of the 1996 Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act, as well as the various orders issued under that Act, will be fully dealt with, as will DCLG guidance and other circulars.

 

Course objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand how the legislation works

  • Navigate the legislation

  • Deal with complex situations

  • Decide which forms to use and what information to collect

  • Be aware of current policy issues within this field, including, in England, the Better Care Fund

 

Course structure

  • On-screen presentations

  • Demonstration examples

  • Open discussion

During parts of the course reference will be made to the Ferret Renovation Grants Law and Guidance CD publication to highlight particular areas.

 

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for those working with DFGs and wanting to know more about the legislation, either front-line workers or managers. It is not suitable for those with limited experience in this area.

 

Who this course is not for

Anyone new to disabled facilities grants.  

Those wishing an introduction to the means-test should attend the Introductory course. 

Anyone who is experienced in that area but wishes to discuss the finer points of means-testing should consider either the Intermediate or Advanced courses.

Upcoming courses

Venue: Barristers Room, Oxford City Council, Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX
Date: 19 September 2017
Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: £110 + VAT per person 

Venue: Blackpool Coastal Housing, Coastal House, 17-19 Abingdon Street, Blackpool, FY1 1DG
Date: 5 October 2017
Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: £110 + VAT per person


Bookings

To book a place or request further details, please contact Victoria Dewsnap on 03001240315 or victoriad@foundations.uk.com.