4. Home and housing

Direct Payments - arranging your own care and services

If you’ve been assessed by your local council as needing care and support services, you may want to choose Direct Payments. They allow you to buy in and arrange help yourself instead of receiving it directly from your local council.

Disabled Facilities Grants

Disabled Facilities Grants are local council grants. It helps towards the cost of essential adaptations to your home to enable you to continue to live there.

Council Tax

You may be entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax bill if your home has certain features that are essential to you living there.

For example, if you have an extension for a downstairs bedroom, this will increase the size of your property and you may have to pay more Council Tax. However, if the room has been built because of your disability, you can get your new higher rate of Council Tax reduced, so you pay the same as before.

Housing and Council Tax Reduction

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction are paid by local councils.

You can claim Housing Benefit if you are on a low income and paying rent.

Contact your local council if you want to apply for Council Tax Reduction.

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