Winter support and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents, businesses, and communities throughout winter. The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. Check the guidance on GOV.UK for what this means for you.

Available support to adapt or repair your home

If you're elderly, disabled or have a long-term health condition, you may be eligible for help to adapt your home. If you are a homeowner/leaseholder we may be able to provide a loan to help you repair your property.

We may be able to provide you with the following help and support:

Disabled Facilities Grant

Who can apply

You can apply for a grant if you are:

  • an owner or the tenant of a property
  • a landlord on behalf of a disabled person
  • parent/guardian of a disabled child

Help you can get

Adaptations that we might be able to help with include:

  • adapted bathroom facilities
  • stairlifts
  • access ramps
  • level access showers
  • door widening
  • level thresholds

Find out more information on Disabled Facilities Grants

Discretionary Disabled Facilities Assistance

Who can apply

You can apply for a Discretionary Disabled Facilities Assistance for adaptations if you have an owner’s interest in a property where an occupant is registered (or is registerable) as disabled.

Help you can get

Discretionary Disabled Facilities Assistance (DFA) is available to help eligible applicants pay for the cost of adapting their home to meet the needs of a disabled person that are not covered by the mandatory Disabled Facilities Grant.

Find out more information on Discretionary Disabled Facilities Assistance.

Home Repair Loan

Who can apply

Discretionary Home Repair Loans are available to homeowners and leaseholders to repair and maintain your property to eliminate or reduce risks in the home to an acceptable level.

Help you can get

Repairs could include reducing cold hazards by replacing windows and doors, replacing boilers, improving insulation, making roof repairs and preventing damp and mould issues that have an effect on your health.

Find out more information on Home Repair Loans.

Page last reviewed: 18 November 2021

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