We offer advice and support to all those living with a disability to enable them to live safely and independently at home.
The East Suffolk Independent Living Agency (ES-ILA) deals with all applications for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) in East Suffolk. To be eligible for a DFG you need to have had an assessment by an Occupational Therapist (OT).
If you think you need to have an OT assessment to help with living independently and you live in a council property, please contact Customer First or, if you own your home or rent from a housing association or private landlord, please visit the Independent Living Suffolk (ILS) website
Please take a look at our customer journey illustration and newsletter, which provide you with all you need to know about the process. The customer journey provides a brief description of the stages involved in delivering adaptations, to enable you to live more independently and the newsletter provides further information on what we do and who we are.
Most adaptations will fall under the mandatory works which cover the following adaptations:
These grants will be subject to a test of financial resources to determine if the resident should contribute towards the funding of the works (unless already on a passported benefit e.g. Housing Benefit, Universal Credit or GPC along with others). Enquiries about means testing should be directed to our Independent Living Team.
All applicants for a mandatory DFG can apply for this grant in addition to the statutory DFG to fund the first £5,000 of works. This means that even if you have a means tested contribution you can get some help towards the costs as we want you to have the adaptations done, rather than remaining at risk. Any applications for persons under 18 years of age, are not subject to a means test, and they can also apply for this supplementary grant, where the costs are over £30k.
East Suffolk Council has adopted a policy to simplify the DFG process for urgent works that are relatively simple to specify by introducing the following grants.
Where you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit (see table below) and have capital of less than £10,000 you may qualify for a Fast Track Grant. The adaptations must cost no more than £10,000. The eligible works are:
|Qualifying means-tested benefits||Capital and savings|
||(excluding the property to be adapted)
Less than £10,000 per applicant/partner.
Priority Grants must be supported by a professional who will recommend the need for this grant to the local authority. This particular grant is only for the most urgent of cases (to allow discharge from hospital to a safe home; acute admission avoidance and for palliative cases).
The Priority grant is not based on a financial assessment or a passported benefit.
East Suffolk - Independent Living Agency (ES-ILA) will help you with all aspects of the grant application. You will be allocated a case officer, who will be your support throughout the process. Their role will include completing the application forms, preparing the schedule and plans, liaising with builders, Building Control and other statutory bodies through to completion of the relevant works. During this process if any unforeseen works are required, they will be actioned accordingly. The final sign off will only be requested once snagging issues (if any) are rectified. This will include organising payment(s) and ensuring guarantees and warranties are in place.
Advantages - peace of mind, experienced professional staff supporting you, knowledge of the grant forms and supporting evidence required, single Case Officer to keep communication simple and effective, funded in nearly all cases by the grant.
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March 2021 (First issue)