Cuts to Funding for Home Adaptions for Disabled People
- 05 Apr
The government have been criticised for their changes to funding that is available for adaptions to homes for disabled people.
The adaptions mean that people are able to live independently in their own home for longer, and so to reduces this will mean disabled people have to either struggle or move.
The criticisms from charities and campaigners are partially because the cuts will be affected by the introduction of bedroom tax.
The concept of bedroom tax is those with a spare room, including those with adapted homes, will either have a cut to their housing benefits or will have to move to smaller accomodation.
The intention of this is to force people to move in to smaller homes, and so the cut to funding for adaptions will leave disabled people stranded in unsuitable homes, or else receive a reduced benefit allowance.
The funding for adaptions has in fact remained at the same amount of £180 million, resulting in a real terms cut due to the impact of inflation.
They also received along side this a £20 million grant for disabled facilities, but this is now no longer ring fenced and does not have to be spent on adaptions. This has campaigners worried that it will not be spent on adaptions now that there are so many other cuts introduced and so many other areas needing funding.
Sue Bott, director of development for Disability Rights UK, said the funding cut was short-sighted as it saves the local authorities money in the long run:
If disabled people are forced to move out of already-adapted dwellings, the chances are that given the lack of accessible housing, they will have to move to somewhere that has not been adapted and will require further adaptations.
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