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Disability-Friendly Housing

Requested on
Tue 24th June, 2014
Reference
FOI 4592
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Please answer each question in respect to the area covered by your council.

In response to the questions below marked with a [*], please include figures for both publicly and privately funded/owned properties if possible, and specify which you are providing if both figures are not available.

Terms used

Where we refer to:

‘disabled people’, we are referring to the definition included in the Equality Act 2010:

“You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.”

‘eligible care needs’, we are referring to social care needs as defined under the Fair Access to Care Services criteria (‘low’, ‘moderate’, ‘substantial’ and ‘critical’) – specifically needs for which an individual is entitled to care and support from your local authority.

‘supported living’, we are referring to housing for people with a disability (which the tenant rents or owns) with support options available and provided by the same, or a separate organisation. This would not include residential care services or “shared lives” (adult placement) schemes.

Questions

1. *How many Section 106 agreements have you entered into over the past three years?

a. How many of those agreements required the construction of (i) wheelchair accessible homes and/or (ii) Lifetime Homes Standard in each of the last three years?
b. How many of these agreements were (i) fulfilled in full, or (ii) amended to allow for a cash payment in lieu of building obligations?

2. Do you offer any discount to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for properties built to Lifetime Homes Standards, or wheelchair accessible standards?

3. How much Disability Facilities Grant (DFG) money has been awarded to households in your local authority area in each of the past three years?

a. What proportion of overall DFG funding provided to the local authority from the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG)/the Department of Health (DH) does that relate to for each of those years?

4. How much, if any of your Better Care Fund budget has been allocated to housing over each of the next two years?

5. Have you made any estimate regarding the additional cost of social care or health support required as a result of inadequate/inaccessible housing in your local authority area?

a. If so, please provide those estimates.

6. What proportion of staff currently employed in your Housing Department have received disability equality training?

7. Do you have a housing representative on your Health and Wellbeing Board? If yes, please provide their name and contact details.

8. How many supported living placements are there in your local authority area? Of these, how many are currently (a) occupied? (b) vacant?

9. How many adults with eligible care needs in your area live in supported living schemes?

10. How many Home Improvement Agencies, if any, operate in your local authority area?

Answer

Questions

1. *How many Section 106  agreements have you entered into over the past three years?

Twenty four Section 106 agreements have been entered into over the past three years, these will provide for 2414 dwellings of which 776 will be affordable houses. Five of these Section 106 agreements are publicly funded schemes totaling 128 dwellings.
 

a. How many of those agreements required the construction of (i) wheelchair accessible homes  and/or (ii) Lifetime Homes Standard  in each of the last three years?
i) With regards to wheel chair accessible homes all these dwellings will have to comply with Part M of the Building Regulations.
ii) The publicly funded schemes are designed to at least Code Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

b. How many of these agreements were (i) fulfilled in full, or (ii) amended to allow for a cash payment in lieu of building obligations?
Most of these sites are still under construction and some have yet to start. The three sites that have completed are publicly funded sites and were fulfilled.

2. Do you offer any discount to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for properties built to Lifetime Homes Standards, or wheelchair accessible standards? N/A CIL is yet to be implemented

3. How much Disability Facilities Grant (DFG) money has been awarded to households in your local authority area in each of the past three years?

a. What proportion of overall DFG funding provided to the local authority from the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG)/the Department of Health (DH) does that relate to for each of those years?
Year CLG Funding Total Spent on DFGs (inc CLG Funding)
13/14 338,717 718,916
12/13 419,718 666,082
11/12 381,517 702,430

4. How much, if any of your Better Care Fund budget has been allocated to housing over each of the next two years?
2015/16 - £425k              2016/17 – unknown as yet

5. Have you made any estimate regarding the additional cost of social care or health support required as a result of inadequate/inaccessible housing in your local authority area?

a. If so, please provide those estimates.
This is the responsibility of the County Council

6. What proportion of staff currently employed in your Housing Department have received disability equality training?
All staff joining the council attend a half day Equality & Diversity Induction Module which forms part of their 6 month probationary period. In addition, the following training courses have been offered to staff to raise awareness on the following subjects:
 
Dyslexia
Mental health
Aspergers & autism
Dementia
Deaf awareness
Visual impairment
Hoarders and OCD
Disability

Each of these sessions have been attended by between 15-20 staff in the past and some sessions have run twice due to demand

7. Do you have a housing representative on your Health and Wellbeing Board? If yes, please provide their name and contact details.
This is the responsibility of the County Council

8. How many supported living placements are there in your local authority area? Of these, how many are currently (a) occupied? (b) vacant?
This is the responsibility of the County Council

9. How many adults with eligible care needs in your area live in supported living schemes?
This is the responsibility of the County Council

10. How many Home Improvement Agencies, if any, operate in your local authority area? No information held – We do not use the services of any HIA

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