Paying for equipment or adaptations

Making adaptations to your home can be costly, but you may be eligible for help from the Council.

Disability equipment and small adaptations costing less than £1000 are generally provided free of charge if you’ve been assessed as needing them and you are eligible.

If you want help in funding adaptations or equipment or feel you have needs that require help, particularly if you are: over the age of 18, who live in Cambridgeshire and who need practical help due to sight or hearing loss, physical or learning disabilities, frailty or illness, you may be eligible for help so contact us to ask for an assessment.

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

Larger adaptations may be funded through a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) for tenants and owners, subject to meeting eligibility criteria and means-test. Applications for DFG are managed on behalf of the district councils by the local Home Improvement Agencies. Ask your Occupational Therapist about this.

For more information about HIAs, visit the Foundations website

Local Home Improvements Agencies

East Cambridgeshire

Care and Repair Services East Cambridgeshire
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01353 616 950
Fax: 01353 616 377
Address: The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 4EE

Fenland

Care and Repair West Norfolk
Telephone: 01553 616 677
Fax: 01553 775 914
Address: King's Court, Chapel Street, Kings Lynn, PE30 1EX

Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire

Cambs Home Improvement Agency
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01954 713 347 / 713 330
Address: South Cambridgeshire DC, South Cambs Hall Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB3 6EA. 

If you live in rented accommodation, adaptations may be available through your landlord. You may also want to consider looking at charities to see if they can offer assistance.

Age UK has a factsheet on funding repair, improvements and adaptations that sets out in some detail funding options.

HM Revenue & Customs has information about VAT relief which may be available when purchasing certain items for use by a disabled person.

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