Duration: 1 hour. Live webinar. Attendance Cert provided (1 CPD hour).
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Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) delivery: Guidance for Local Authorities in England.
This webinar is free and open to all and is delivered by DFG Consultant, Rachel Frondigoun. It comprises a 30-40 minute presentation followed by a 20-30 minute Q&A session.
Rachel overviews the new DFG Guidance for England, which was introduced in March 2022 by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (please note, this is guidance and not a change to primary legislation).
The Guidance is aimed at local authority staff (such as occupational therapists and environmental protection officers) at both local housing authorities (district councils, London boroughs and other unitary councils) and authorities responsible for the provision of social care services.
It is applicable to those managing council house adaptations and may also be helpful for home improvement agencies and other related service organisations in England responsible for organising the home adaptations service.
For example, the new Guidance explains how assistive technology can be included as part of a home adaptations package to help people live safely and independently.
It also looks into the application process, including what authorities should consider when designing and providing application forms, confirming the eligibility of the applicant and the required works.
It outlines key considerations for local authorities on how they commission home adaptation services, and sets out how local authorities can best work with contractors and oversee the delivery of home adaptation works.
Additionally, the Guidance sets out the wider strategic context of the DFG and explains how, under the powers of the Regulatory Reform Order (2002), local areas can work together to develop and publish a local Housing Assistance Policy which aligns with wider social care, health, planning, disabled and older people’s strategies to best benefit local people who need adaptations.
This webinar is free of charge and the duration will be 1 hour approximately. Any queries relating specifically to this DFG Guidance (March 2022) can be emailed in advance to Laura Walklett at email@example.com. Rachel (presenter) will then aim to address them during the webinar.
Please note: this webinar may be recorded.
The DFG Guidance can be downloaded HERE or by clicking on the image below.