Mole Valley Proposes Financial Assistance Policy Improvements – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council
At its meeting on the 8th March, the Scrutiny Committee will consider a report proposing changes to enhance the Financial Assistance Policy for Disabled Facilities Adaptations and Private Housing Improvement. The report, together with the comments of the Scrutiny Committee, will then be considered by Cabinet on the 22nd March.
MVDC has a duty to provide funding for home adaptations through the provision of Disabled Facilities Grants. This funding assists vulnerable people adapt their homes, helping them remain independent for longer.
The Scrutiny Committee will consider proposals to increase the range of discretionary assistance offered, following the results of a benchmarking exercise with other Surrey authorities. Other changes are also recommended in the report. The current ‘Home from Hospital’ Grant (to be renamed ‘Safe and Secure’ grant), is proposed to be more flexible and includes funding for making minor repairs and security measures to improve the general safety in the home.
The updated policy proposes assistance for those residents who cannot afford to make the small financial contribution towards the cost of their adaptations, which would previously have potentially prevented the adaptation from going ahead. The report suggests support for those residents who are required to make a contribution of up to £3,000 following a financial means test, by waiving that contribution.
Councilor Caroline Salmon, Cabinet Member for Community Services said, “The existing Policy assists our disabled residents, who need adaptations to live independently in their homes, by installing appropriate, means tested improvements to provide access in and out of their properties and which ensure their homes remain an accessible and safe environment.
“The proposed changes will allow those who might have been stuck in hospital, to quickly return to suitably adapted homes and for those on the cusp of the means tested grant for more extensive works, to potentially be exempt of paying a contribution, if it is less than £3000.”