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Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and other adaptations – external review

Mackintosh, Sheila; Smith, Paul; Garrett, Helen; Davidson, Maggie; Morgan, Gareth; Russell, Rachel

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Sheila Mackintosh
Research Fellow in Housing and Public Health

Paul Smith

Helen Garrett

Maggie Davidson

Gareth Morgan

Rachel Russell


A review of the operation of the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) in England. The aim is to keep people living independently for longer and make the case for more joined-up action across housing, health and social care. It is a practical review that examines the evidence for what should change and how it should change. The first part covers the current situation including: funding; who receives the grant; type of work; costs and benefits to authorities; and processing times. The second part considers how the grant should change which includes: strategic oversight; local delivery options; how teams can work better together and more closely with health and social care; allocation of resources; other funding issues; the means test; regulation and the upper limit; procurement; developing a market; helping people outside of the DFG; and finally, tenure, equality and grants for common parts. There are 43 recommendations for government to improve the way the grant operates.


Mackintosh, S., Smith, P., Garrett, H., Davidson, M., Morgan, G., & Russell, R. Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) and other adaptations – external review

Report Type Technical Report
Online Publication Date Dec 10, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 7, 2019
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9781860435522
Keywords home adaptations, home modifications, Disabled Facilities Grant, housing and health, integrated services, disabled people, older people, independence in the community, independence at home.
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Additional Information Additional Information : This report is published under the Open Government Licence v3.0 (


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