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Disabled Facilities Grants

The school of law team at the University of Leeds

The school of law team at the University of Leeds

Our student researchers at the School of Law, University of Leeds, have published a report on Disabled Facilities Grants and home adaptations.

Disabled children and their families are legally entitled to a grant to pay for necessary adaptations to their home to improve accessibility and independent enjoyment of their surroundings. These are known as Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) and are usually for sums up to £30,000. The main aim of our DFG Project is to assess the cost effectiveness of DFGs and the wider impact adaptations have on the disabled child and their families.

The latest report from the team considers the benefits of investing in home adaptations for disabled children, including cost savings and improvements in well-being.

You can read the full report here.

Social Care Guides – England and Wales

social care guidesOne of the results of devolution is that in a number of areas of the law England and Wales are developing different approaches – these are sometimes very different.

The law dealing with social care is no exception and both England and Wales have seen changes in this area in the recent past. The changes in Wales in particular are significant and social services teams are still getting to grips with implementing them.

We have therefore developed two guides on social care, one for England and one for Wales which explain the different systems.

We would particularly recommend them to anyone moving between the two countries.

We want to make a complaint about social services

You can use this letter to make a complaint about social services, for example if you’re unhappy with the amount of support available to your family or the way decisions have been made.

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We want to ask for information under the Freedom of Information Act

You have a right to request any recorded information held by a public authority. This is known as a ‘Freedom of Information request’. Some information may not be given to you because it is ‘exempt’, for example because it would unfairly reveal personal details about somebody else. Use this letter to make a Freedom of Information request.

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We want to see the personal information that the council / health body holds about us

You have the right to ask any organisation that processes your personal data for a copy of the information they hold about you. This is known as a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act. Use this letter to make a request.

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The council says that our child isn’t ‘eligible’ for support

Councils must be able to demonstrate that they’ve reached a decision fairly and rationally – use this letter to find out why the council has decided that your child isn’t eligible for support. There are separate letters for parents living in England or Wales.

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We want to request an assessment of our family’s needs

Use this letter to ask for an assessment of your child’s needs or your needs as a carer. There are separate letters for parents living in England or Wales.

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The council has put us in an ‘impossible position’

If your (or your child’s) needs have been assessed but you’ve been waiting a long time for support, the authority might say that it needs to do a new assessment before it can progress your case. If you’re worried that agreeing to a new assessment will cause delay, but refusing will label you as ‘uncooperative’, use this letter to get your concerns on the record.

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