This information applies to people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Disabled Facilities Grants are not available in Scotland. If you are looking for information about benefits outside the UK, please contact your local epilepsy organisation.
What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
If your epilepsy means you need to make changes to your home, you might be able to get a Disabled Facilities Grant from your local council to help.
Can I get a Disabled Facilities Grant?
To qualify for a grant, there must be a disabled person living in the property. The grant is available to people who own or rent their property, and also to landlords who have a disabled tenant. Although you may not consider yourself disabled, as a person with epilepsy, you may meet this requirement
What will I get?
How much you get depends on your household income and savings, and what changes need to be made to the property. Depending on your income, you may need to pay towards the cost of the work. Disabled children under 18 can get a grant without their parents’ income being taken into account.
What sort of changes will it pay for?
The grant is to pay for essential changes to make it easier to get into and around your home, and to keep you and others safe, for example:
- Taking a bath out and installing a level access shower
- Providing a downstairs toilet or bathroom
- Fitting safety glass in doors and windows
You will usually need to have an assessment by an occupational therapist to decide what changes you need.
Some councils can arrange for the work to be carried out for you, or you can organise the work yourself. But you should wait until the council has approved your application before starting any work. If you don’t, you might not get the grant.
How do I apply?
In England and Wales: Contact your local council. You can find their number in your local phone book, or enter your postcode on the Government website.
In Northern Ireland: Contact your local Health and Social Care Trust. You can also speak to your GP or social worker.
Epilepsy Action has a list of useful organisations for support with benefits.
This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.
- Updated April 2019To be reviewed April 2020