Fund to help vulnerable people in private homes

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

For more information on the scheme visit the Care and Repair website,  email office@careandrepairnorthamptonshire.org.uk or call 01604 782250.