Decision details

Disabled Grants Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director (Adults and Communities) seeking approval of the Disabled Facilities Grants Policy for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.




1. That the removal of a means test for grants under £6,000 (£6,500 for a  curved stairlift) to speed up prevention process for applicants, be approved.


2. That the circumstances where a discretionary disabled facilities grant can be considered, including relocation grants, special assistance grants and top-up grants, be approved.


3. That the Disabled Facilities Grants Policy document be adopted with immediate effect.


Reasons for decision:


To adopt the Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) Policy and remove the means test for adaptations under £6,000 and stair lifts (average cost of which is £6,500).


Other options:


1.  Not to introduce a discretionary Disabled Facilities Grant policy, continuing to only provide the mandatory elements of the DFG.


2. To continue to means test for all grants as per the mandatory requirements.


Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible for call-in to: People Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Gilbert

Report author: Sarah Baker

Publication date: 18/06/2021

Date of decision: 15/06/2021

Decided at meeting: 15/06/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/06/2021

This decision has been called in by:

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