Owner-occupiers and private tenants in South Northamptonshire are being urged to apply to a fund intended to help residents live safely and independently in their homes.
Published: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
To be eligible they must be elderly, disabled or vulnerable as well as being on a low income.
The scheme is being funded by money provided to the Council in the Government’s autumn budget.
Following the success of a similar scheme last year South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has once again teamed-up with Care and Repair Northamptonshire to deal with applications and get agreed improvements carried out.
Councillor Karen Cooper, SNC’s Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing, said: “Housing plays a vital role in supporting people to maintain good health, independence and improve their quality of life.
“Undertaking small adaptations and repairs can have a huge impact on people’s lives. These preventative measures also help reduce NHS and social-care costs.”
The scheme can offer support with a range of home improvements such as: small repairs, home security and energy efficiency measures, gas safety checks, fitting smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, trip reduction measures, the installation of grab-rails and stair-rails and assistance with electrical faults, plumbing and carpentry.
The scheme is available to home-owners and tenants in the private-rented sector on low incomes and if one or more of the following criteria also applies to them:
- They suffer from a long term chronic illness or have a physical disability
- They have been identified by a hospital as needing urgent minor adaptations or services to facilitate discharge
- They are at risk of further injury or illness without essential minor works or services
- They are aged 65 or over