Grants are discretionary and availability of grants is subject to council funds being available
What do Repairs Grants cover?
The grant is to assist homeowners with essential repairs to their property which they can not afford to undertake themselves. Applications will be considered for example where:
- A breakdown of the primary source of heating or hot water (and no assistance is available through a national scheme, e.g. Warm Front)
- A category 1 hazard is identified under Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and the health and safety of the occupant and/or others is deemed to be at risk
- There is a significant risk to public safety, for example a structural element is so defective that significant further damage would occur if remedial action is not taken.
- The grant is not a mechanism for ongoing maintenance issues.
- Properties must be owner occupied.
- Applicants must be on a means tested benefit i.e. Income Support, JSA, Guaranteed Pension Credit or Council Tax Benefit.
- Maximum grant £10,000 in a 3 year period.
- A charge will be placed on the property for any grant over £5,000 to be repayable on the sale of the property and recorded as a local land charge.
- Vale applicants may qualify for and may be offered a Flexible Home Improvement Loan for certain works over £1000. If the applicant refuses this loan they will not be eligible for an Essential Repairs Grant.(Works must be over £1000 to qualify for a loan)
- Person(s) must be in residence at the property for 5 years prior to the grant.
- Applicants must have been turned down for a Flexible Home Improvement Loan if over £1000
- There is a maximum of two grant applications in any 3 period.
- Any works for which a grant is applied for can not be claimed against household insurance.
Last reviewed: 03 - 07 - 2014