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Adaptations for disabilities

Updated: 28 Jul 2014
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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 more than £23m (£10m public, £12.6m private and £0.95m housing associations) on adaptations.
This included:
  • 1,848 major adaptations to our tenants’ homes
  • approval of 1,209 Disabled Facilities Grants to private sector households  and;
  • Disability Adaptation Grants for 767 housing association homes.
Review of the Adaptations Service
During the year we made a significant contribution to DSD and DHSSPS’ Inter Departmental Review of Adaptations for people with a disability. We are managing the consultation on the review which opened in February and closed in May 2013. The Review aims to provide an integrated and holistic approach to help people with a disability.
Supporting People
In 2012/13 twenty new Supporting People schemes went on site which will provide 163 units of accommodation for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and dementia.Supporting People schemes provide services to 23,000 vulnerable people during the year. The Supporting People budget for 2012/13 was £66.4m.
Achievements included:
  • Continued monitoring and review of services;
  • Development and publication of the 3 year 2012/13 - 2014/15 supported housing development programme;
  • Development of the draft Housing Related Support Strategy (2012-15) which was published for consultation in March 2013;
  • Provision of Quality Assessment Framework training by SITRA to over 400 provider staff across the Supporting People sector;
  • Research published on the Future Role of Sheltered Housing;
  • Research nearing completion on Floating Support services and Home Improvement Agencies;
  • Continued support for organisations to consider collaborative working and mergers resulting in one merger;
  • Publication of the value for money policy and methodology including implementation of the new financial monitoring and review template;
  • Working with a range of homeless providers around reconfiguration and restructuring of their services portfolio to enhance service delivery;
  • In-year non-recurrent hardship funding to applicants against existing services as assessed against the agreed rationale;
  • Continued programme of accreditation in keeping with the agreed 3 year cycle.