Adaptations, Improvements and Repairs
Adaptations and Improvements
We are able to offer assistance to ensure properties are kept to a suitable standard. This is done through a number of schemes such as Landlord Assistance, Disabled Facilities Grants and Home Repair Assistance
Disabled Facilities Grants
Disabled Facilities Grants are a source of funding towards works that help people remain in their own home through the adaptation of their property. Typical works might be a stairlift to access a first floor bathroom or a level access shower for a person of limited mobility.
Disabled Facilities Grants are available for people with disabilities who require essential adaptations to give better freedom of movement into and around their home and to access essential facilities within it.
All applicants must undergo a financial means test, unless the grant is for a disabled child. This will indicate what, if any, financial contribution must be made.
In order to know if you are eligible, the first step is an assessment of need through the Occupational Therapy Service who act for the County Council. If you are eligible then Care and Repair Worcestershire Agency will help guide you through the process.
The works are limited to what is necessary, we will also consider whether the works are appropriate to the property.
Should you require any further information please contact the Housing Team.
EPC Landlord Top Up funding
For private rented properties that are F & G rated on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Wyre Forest District Council is able to offer financial assistance under certain circumstances to help improve the energy ratings. However the landlord will be expected to pay an initial contribution of £3,500 towards the cost of any improvements to each property owned where improvements are required. For more information please call the Private Sector Housing Team on 01562 732190.
Wyre Forest Stair lift Project
Are you struggling when using the stairs in your home? Concerned about falling every time you use them?
WFDC are working in partnership with Stannah Stairlifts and Care & Repair Worcestershire to make the installation of a stairlift in your home quick and efficient. We can help assess what would be best to meet your stairlift needs.
If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits, the stairlift could be funded by WFDC and fitted free of charge:
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit (where income is below £16,190)
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Income related ESA (Employment and Support Allowance)
- Income based JSA (Job Seekers Allowance)
- Universal Credit
If you would like to check your eligibility, find out more about the project or make an enquiry, contact Care & Repair Worcestershire on 01684 579456 or email email@example.com. Care & Repair will assist applicants through all stages of the application process.
If your home needs repair and you are a housing association tenant please contact your local housing officer for advice in the first instance.
If you live in a privately rented property your landlord or agent should arrange for necessary repairs, if you have requested repairs from your landlord or agent and they have not acted on your request we may be able to help. You must have given your landlord a chance to solve the problem before using this service.Find out more about Housing Enforcement, Property Standards and Disrepair
Home Owner Repairs
If you own your own home please read more on home repairs for home owners.