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Member of Parliament for Southport, Damien Moore, is supporting the announcement that Sefton Council will receive £420,887 in Government funding to help older people and those with disabilities to live safely and independently in their own homes.

The funding is part of £50 million allocated to local authorities by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which will be delivered through the Disabled Facilities Grant. Funding is available to homeowners, private renters, and those in social housing, and eligible people will be able to apply to their local authority for a grant to adapt their home to better meet their needs. Since 2010, there have been almost half a million home adaptations, backed by £4.8 billion in funding.

 The £50 million comes on top of the annual £573 million already provided to local authorities for home improvement services and is the first part of a £102 million investment to be made over two years, which will enable local authorities to provide additional services that are agile, make minor adaptations quickly and support speedier hospital discharge.

Damien Moore, Member of Parliament for Southport, said: 

“It is only right that those with disabilities and other medical needs are provided with the necessary support to remain in the comfort of their own homes wherever possible.

“That is why I support the Government announcement that an additional £420,887 will be made available to provide specific home adaptations for residents in our town.

“For anybody requiring further information on the grant process, or anyone who is struggling to access funding they think they may be entitled to, my office and I can always be contacted through the usual channels.”

Minister for Adult Social Care, Helen Whately, said: 

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to live comfortably and independently in their own home, and the Disabled Facilities Grant supports people to do just that.

“This extra money will help to speed up the process so that local authorities can make minor changes quickly and people can live safely where they feel most comfortable.

“It will also help to get people discharged from hospital quickly as being able to return to suitable housing will reduce the need to draw on other care and support.”

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Felicity Buchan, said:

“We want everyone to have high quality, safe, and suitable homes so they can keep living more independently, including people leaving hospital care. This funding provides councils with additional resources to support those in need and builds on the funding already in place.”

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