Postcode lottery for grants that improve lives of people with arthritis
- The means-test is outdated and inadequate;
- The application process is complex and waiting times are too long;
- People who live in particular areas are more likely to drop out of the process;
- Overall, one-third of people drop out part-way through the process, often because the means-tested grant doesn’t cover the full cost of the adaptations and they are unwilling (or unable) to make their own contribution.
Adaptations are split into minor (under £1,000) and major (over £1,000). If minor, they should be provided free by a person’s local authority if they are found eligible after a needs assessment, regardless of how much money they have. But to receive major adaptations, people have to apply for a DFG.
Versus Arthritis’s own report shed light on the problems when it was published in July 2018 and now the new findings lend further weight to the issues.
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