Reviewing the Disabled Facilities Grant programme
- Funder: ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) now DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government)
- Lead applicants: Frances Heywood and Professor Alex Marsh
- Co-researchers: Dr Geetanjali Gangoli, Sue Moyers, Joan Langan, Randall Smith and Eileen Brunt (in partnership with Bristol City Council)
- Dates: July 2004 - June 2006
- Research centre: Urban Studies
This research has been commissioned to inform a review group set up by ODPM (now DCLG) (now jointly with the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families - formerly DfES) to examine the working of the disabled facilities grant and make proposals for change. The review follows a decision in Northern Ireland in 2003 to abolish the means test for disabled facilities grant in respect of families with a disabled child, and is a response to pressure for a similar reform in England. The purpose of the research is to gather broad information on the working of the current system, to explore and cost possible options for change and to prepare some recommendations for the review group. The methods being used comprise of a case study of the system in Bristol City Council, structured interviews with a range of key players, a national survey of 40 local authorities, focus groups to consider options and modelling of likely costs and benefits.