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FOI 4776

Disabled Facilities Grants

Request

Accessible housing
• How many people are on the waiting list for an accessible home in your Local Authority area?

Occupational Therapists

• How many Occupational Therapists has your Local Authority employed each year over the past five years?

• What is the average waiting time for an Occupational Therapy assessment after making an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)?

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

• How much Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) funding was a) allocated to your Local Authority and b) spent by your Local Authority in each year over the past five years?

• How many people have made an application to your Local Authority for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) in each year for the past five years?

• Does your Local Authority offer funding for home adaptations through any other scheme, funding stream or grant, other than the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)?

Response

Accessible housing
• How many people are on the waiting list for an accessible home in your Local Authority area?

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for this authority is set at £450.

In order to provide you with the information on the scale that you have requested would require us to search 2,400 plus Housing Register application files to locate, retrieve and compile the information you require. At an estimated time of 15 minutes per file this would take approximately 600 hours and cost £15,000 based on an average staff cost of £25.00 per hour.

You could refine your request and keep within the cost limit of £450 by asking us to search a sample number of up to 72 Housing register application files, extrapolating your data from the results.

Occupational Therapists

• How many Occupational Therapists has your Local Authority employed each year over the past five years?

We do not directly employ any Occupational Therapists they are employed by Essex County Council but we have funded some private OT assessments to help with backlog of applications in the past (not at present) - this has been funded as a fee-based service through the grant funding.

• What is the average waiting time for an Occupational Therapy assessment after making an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)?

We do not currently have figures for waiting times for OT assessments - this would be held by Essex County Social Services - OT assessments are made before the grant application stage.

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

• How much Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) funding was a) allocated to your Local Authority and b) spent by your Local Authority in each year over the past five years?

Please see the attached table

• How many people have made an application to your Local Authority for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) in each year for the past five years?

Please see the attached table

• Does your Local Authority offer funding for home adaptations through any other scheme, funding stream or grant, other than the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)?

Yes - There is an annual budget administered by Housing Services for disabled adaptations for tenants of Brentwood Borough Council.
We also have some funding for simple adaptations which have been covered through different grant funding/loan arrangements that have been made where an OT assessment is not required - usually low-cost works.