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Government shelves promise to fund disabled homes – NRLA responds

The government has stopped increasing the money disabled people in England can claim to adapt their homes – seemingly dropping a previous pledge.

The maximum amount a person is entitled to claim has been capped at £30,000 since 2008, despite the inflation that’s occurred since then.

The BBC reported that, despite a promise to consult on increasing the maximum amount that can be claimed, the government has not taken this step forward.

The National Residential Landlords Association has warned MPs not to backtrack on commitments to boost support for disabled people to access the housing they need.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “Every disabled person deserves a home that meets their needs and enables them to live as independently as possible. To do so however requires adequate funding.

“Unless it fully reviews the cap on the Disabled Facilities Grant to better reflect growing costs, the Government will make it impossible for many to afford the adaptations they desperately need.

“Ministers need to keep their word and commit to uprating the grants available to disabled people.”

The government said it had put an additional £100m towards the grant over two years, so that “more people can benefit”.