We have a mandatory duty under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 to provide a minimum of 80% grant funding for disabled adaptation work.
This percentage may be increased to a maximum of 100% where the applicant receives certain qualifying benefits. These are:
- guaranteed pension credit
- income based job seekers allowance
- income support
- employment and support allowance
This provision allows for any top-up beyond the 80% grant funding solely at the discretion of the Council. The statutory duty to provide 80% grant assistance extends to tenants living in private rented housing. The aim of including private landlord tenanted property is to assist both homeowners and private tenants to live independently in their own homes, within their own communities.
The package of assistance made available to each applicant will be tailored to suit the individual needs of each applicant.
Applicants will be given initial assistance to plan how they wish to progress through any adaptation work proposals via a joint visit by Council officers from Housing Services and Health and Social Care.