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. You must be planning to live int he property for the next 5 years.
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. The grant won't affect any benefits you get.
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, Scotland and Wales: Contact your local council. You can find their number in your local phone book, or enter your postcode on the gov.uk 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 Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.
- Updated April 2020To be reviewed April 2021