Housing people

The government are making £157m available to local authorities in England for 2009-10 through the Disabled Facilities Grant Programme, Housing Minister Baroness Andrews announced this week.

The Disabled Facilities Grant Programme helps around 37,000 disabled and older people each year to live as comfortably and independently as possible in their own homes, and has seen successive increases in funding in recent years increasing from £57million in 1997 to £146million in 2008-09.

Housing Minister Baroness Andrews said:

"This funding provides a lifeline to thousands of disabled and older people across the country, which is why we have increased the grant again this year."

"Providing something as simple as a ramp can really make the difference between being able to stay in your home and having to leave and this is exactly how the Disabled Facilities Grant helps – it gives people the opportunity to stay in their homes and communities, near friends and family."

The allocations to each local authority can be found in detail on the CLG website.