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Offer your input on appealing decisions on home adaptations

Grace_Scope
Grace_Scope Member, Scope user researcher Posts: 22 Connected
Hi all,

If you have disagreed with your Local authority's decision about your home adaptations we would love to hear from you. 

We are writing a new webpage about "Appealing decisions on Home adaptations." Please get in touch with me at [email protected] or reply to this post if you would be willing to help us with this. We will send you a £30 voucher as a thank you for your time. 

It would involve speaking with us briefly about your experience, and reading the content we have written and providing your feedback. The session will last approximately 45 minutes, you will remain anonymous. 

I look forward to hearing from you! 
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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,422

    Scope community team

    There's still time to get involved with this, please get in contact if you are interested :) 
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  • Garza
    Garza Member Posts: 144 Pioneering
    i am not sure if it is relevent but the only experience of this I have is dealing with my council and adaptions to my council property
  • dkb123
    dkb123 Member Posts: 126 Pioneering
    The Disability Facilities Fund is held by all Councils and It is discretionary which means that any works can be considered that is proposed to make life easier for disabled people in their homes, there are no works that are out of scope, it is available for all residents whoever their landlord is, and can be asked for by anyone connected to the property, 

    Mostly this is an Occupational Therapist, employed by the Council but it can be any O/T. 

    A lot of the time this works very well but it is a problem if there is a dispute between the disabled person and the O/T as to the best choice of aids to adaptions needed.

    I have come across some very distressing cases when the O/T is not acting in the best interests of the person but in the interests of the funding authority, under the mistaken belief that it  is the Councils money they are saving 
    This shouldn't be the case as the funds are supplied by the government and not ringfenced.

    The Foundations Organisation can help in these matters and I have found them very useful.
  • dynasty30
    dynasty30 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    I was told these funds weren’t available in Scotland? 
  • samanthalouisetwins
    samanthalouisetwins Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi is this still ongoing @Grace_Scope, I have a huge ongoing case at the moment where I am being forced into unsuitable accommodation for my daughter as the OT is biased with the local Authority and trying to save money rather than assess my daughters needs. I have an alternative OT report based on my daughter but they are refusing to listened, im being threatened with no housing at all if I don’t take it as they say, which will make my families daily lives even worse :( 
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 2,004 Pioneering
    Hi is this still ongoing @Grace_Scope, I have a huge ongoing case at the moment where I am being forced into unsuitable accommodation for my daughter as the OT is biased with the local Authority and trying to save money rather than assess my daughters needs. I have an alternative OT report based on my daughter but they are refusing to listened, im being threatened with no housing at all if I don’t take it as they say, which will make my families daily lives even worse :( 
    It may be better for you to send Grace an email to the address in the first post. 
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,414

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    Hi @samanthalouisetwins

    I'm sorry to hear about your dealings with the Local Authority.  How are you doing emotionally?  I don't believe Grace is still researching this topic but please don't worry, we can help.

    I'm not sure if you've read Scope's Appealing decisions on home adaptations webpage?  This outlines the steps you can take where you disagree with decisions made, from getting a second opinion (like you have) to following your council's complaints process and contacting the ombudsman.  

    Also you might want to find your local Home Improvement Agency (HIA) and contact them.  These are not-for-profit organisations run by housing associations, local authorities and charities in England who provide impartial advice and home adaptations. 

    In addition to this, there is Healthwatch the independent national champion for people who use health and social care services. They can give you advice and help you make a complaint.

    Please keep us posted with how you get on and wishing you all the luck in the world for a positive outcome.
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