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Adaptations for disabilities

Updated: 27 Jul 2016
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Adaptations help people to live independently
Disabled adaptation Banbridge
We carry out adaptations for people across all sectors of the housing market including the grants scheme for the private sector so that they can live comfortably in their own homes. During the year, we spent £20.3m (£8.4m Housing Executive, £10.7m private and £1.2m housing associations) on adaptations.
This included:
  • 354 major adaptations to our tenants’ homes and;
  • approval of 1,205 Disabled Facilities Grants to private sector households
Inter-Departmental Review of Adaptations
The Adaptations Policy Unit submitted the Inter-Departmental Review of Adaptations Final Report and Action Plan to departmental leads for ministerial clearance prior to presentation to Northern Ireland Executive. The purpose was to review the current system of approval, resources and delivery of housing adaptations in Northern Ireland on a cross tenure basis, to maximise resources, ensure best value and equality of provision across Health and Social Care Trusts and housing providers.
Both the Design Standards Toolkit and a summary of the Inter-Departmental Review of Adaptations consultation responses were launched by the Ministers for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Department for Social Development in April 2014.
Supporting People
In 2014/15, 583 new supported living places were created, exceeding the annual target of 340 places. Supporting People schemes provide services to 23,000 vulnerable people during the year. The Supporting People budget for 2014/5 was £72m.
Achievements included:
  • 135 contract meetings and 83 validation visits as part of our continual monitoring and reviewing of Supporting People services:these confirm if a service is meeting the minimum quality standards and whether it is still strategically relevant or requires reconfiguration as part of ongoing continuous improvement;
  • Accreditation of Supporting People providers in keeping with the agreed 3 year cycle;
  • Continued support for organisations to consider collaborative and joined up working;
  • Working in partnership with a range of homeless providers around reconfiguration and restructuring of their services portfolio in order to enhance service delivery.