HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c61W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the eligibility criteria for disability facilities grant. [73074]

Mr. McNulty

Local housing authorities have a statutory duty under the Housing Grants, Regeneration and Construction Act 1996 to offer mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) to homeowners and tenants in both the private and social rented sectors who require adaptations to help them live independently in their homes. The range of purposes for which the grants are available are set out at section 23(1) of the 1996 Act.

In June the Government issued a consultative document, Housing Renewal Guidance, which contains more detail and guidance on DFG eligibility at annex D. A copy of the guidance has been placed in the library of the House.