Council Gets Grant For Disabled Facilities

The Town Hall

The Government is handing out £7,630 to the Town Hall to pay for disabled facilities grants.

It is an increase of £630 on last year’s settlement.

The cash will be paid to the Council to fund adaptations to eligible islanders’ homes.

It could be spent on handrails, workspace adaptation or accessible shower or bathing facilities.

The money is ringfenced for works that help people live independently and save them from an unnecessary stay in hospital or going into residential care.

The Government also wants the Council to give elderly islanders more choice and control over where they live, as part of a their national initiative to help people stay in their own homes.

Mr Shapps said councils should learn from the London Borough of Redbridge, where elderly homeowners will be helped to downsize to rented accommodation that better suits their needs.

Their Council will take responsibility for maintaining and letting their property at an affordable rate. Homeowners will benefit from the rental income from their home.

This model may be difficult to follow in Scilly, as there is currently no long-term, year-round accommodation being advertised for rent in Scilly.