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Other housing grants in England and Wales

In addition to disabled facilities grants, local authorities have the option to provide financial and other assistance for repair, improvement and adaptation

Under the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002, local authorities have the option to provide financial and other assistance for repair, improvement and adaptation. This is help available in addition to disabled facilities grants.

You can be given help in the form of a loan or grant, equipment or materials or advice. Local authorities can set their own conditions for deciding who gets help. They may, for example, choose whether to look at your income and savings when you apply for a grant.

You can be given help to:

  • get accommodation;

  • adapt, improve or repair accommodation;

  • demolish accommodation; or

  • replace accommodation that has been demolished.

Your local authority must publish a policy explaining what kind of help they may give, who can get it, what information is available, how to apply for it and how to complain. Contact your local housing department to find out more.

Guidance about these powers is contained in Housing renewal circular 05/2003, available at http://tinyurl.com/cslydcw

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