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Disabled facilities and advice

We provide Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) to help pay for changes so people can stay living in their own home.

DFGs are mandatory for certain essential adaptations. Typical adaptations are:

  • stair lifts
  • wet floor shower areas
  • access ramping

DFGs are means tested for adults. You may have to make a contribution.

Adaptations for children are not means tested.  The maximum grant available is £30,000. 

Please also read the Disabled Facilities Grant Policy (PDF/185KB/8 pages). 

What help is available?

You can get help and advice from many sources. We will be able to help with the planning and design of the work along with Cumbria Social Services occupational therapists.

Cumbria County Council's social services department can also help. 

How to apply for a disabled facilities grant

You can apply for a DFG if you are:

  • registered or registerable as disabled (your social worker or occupational therapist can tell you this) and an owner occupier or tenant (grants are not available for council tenants)
  • acting on behalf of a person with disabilities who lives in your home
  • a landlord acting on behalf of a tenant who has disabilities

What happens next?

An occupational therapist, in conjunction with us, will make an assessment of your needs and recommend the adaptations required. 

We will give you a DFG application form.

Anybody calling on you from either South Lakeland District Council or Cumbria County Council will have appropriate identity cards which you should ask to see before letting them in. 

How the grant is worked out

Grants are given to those least able to pay for the work. Depending on your finances, a grant may be made available to pay for all, for some or for none of the cost of the work.

You should wait until you receive a formal approval of a grant before work is started

If a grant is not approved, any costs up to that date will be your responsibility. 

If the grant approved does not cover the full cost of the work, you are responsible for the full remaining cost. 

If you feel you cannot afford this you may be able to apply for a hardship grant from Social Services. The amount of help available will depend on a further test of your finances.

Getting the work done

Once the grant and any funding from Social Services or yourself is approved, the work can begin. 

The progress and supervision of the work is your responsibility. If the work is substantial, you may wish to get professional help.

Cumbria County Council Social Services

For advice and assessment from an occupational therapist, contact:

South Lakes Office

County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ

Telephone: 01539 713 378/713 343

South Lakes Rural

Telephone: 01539 713 111/713 334

Fax: 01539 773 354

Email: kendalssd@cumbria.gov.uk

Furness Office

Priory Grove, off Friars Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9NP 

Furness East

Telephone: 01229 407 874

Furness North

Telephone: 01229 407 444

Fax: 01229 404 054

Email: barrowssd@cumbria.gov.uk