Consultation open on scheme to provide Disabled Adaptions Grants

Proposals to update a scheme for people who need to make adaptations to their homes are now out for consultation.

Reading Borough Council is proposing to revise the policy which delivers housing assistance and disabled adaptations which help people live independently and safely in their own homes for longer.

Residents are being invited to comment on the proposed changes to the Private Sector Renewal & Disabled Adaptations Policy.

People can already apply for funding from the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) to make alterations to their private sector homes, such as the installation of stair lifts or accessible showers.

The aim of the updated policy is to provide a more responsive and tailored approach which will help delay residents being admitted to hospital or moved to residential or nursing homes.

The measures should help care and support services to actively promote wellbeing and independence at home and encourage early intervention to prevent decisions being made at crisis point.

Carrying out adaptations can also significantly reduce the cost of care packages and the longer-term costs of hospital or nursing home stays.

Cllr John Ennis, Lead Councillor for Housing, said: “Making appropriate adaptations to homes is a recognised way of improving the health and wellbeing of older people and adults and children with disabilities.

“Home adaptations can prevent falls, reduce hospital admissions, lessen dependence on care, avoid the need to move into residential care and significantly improve the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals, their families and carers.

“The grants available from the Council allow households to make these essential improvements to their homes. The aim of the proposed changes to the Private Sector Renewals and Disabled Adaptations policy is to provide a service which is more flexible and responsive to the needs of the individual.” 

The changes to the draft policy include the introduction of a new Health & Wellbeing at Home Grant, discretionary funds to cover professional fees and temporary accommodation costs, an extended relocation grant and top-up funding for more costly adaptations.

The costs will be met by Reading’s £1.055m share of government funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant and further capital funding.

The consultation has now started and can be found at: The final date for submissions is 7 February.

Tenants living in social housing may also apply for disabled adaptations to be made to their homes through the Council’s Housing team.


Have your say on what makes a good care provider 

Voucher and travel expenses offered to those who attend feedback sessions

Help shape new contracts for social care providersYour opinion matters

What do you think makes a good social care provider? Reading Borough Council would like to hear from people:

  • with learning disabilities, mental health issues or physical disabilities who use supported living services
  • people who use home care services.

They are seeking providers for new contracts to supply support in the community to people who are eligible for social care services. As part of this process the council is inviting you to attend a session that focuses on the type of services that are relevant to you. 

These sessions will not last any more than two hours and will take place at RISC Centre, 35-39 London Road, Reading RG1 4PS.

The Home Care sessions will be on:

Monday 13 January 2020

2pm – 4pm


5.30pm -7.30pm

The Supported Living sessions will take place on:

Thursday 16 January 2020

2pm – 4pm


5.30pm -7.30pm

Please choose only one session for the type of services that are relevant to you.

Supported living is arranged by the council to help people live safely and independently.

Home care is arranged by the council (subject to means testing and need) to help people mainly aged over 65 with daily tasks like washing, dressing, eating and getting up and about.

If you wish to attend but need additional support to do so, please let the council know and they will try to ensure your needs are met.  In addition, the council will reimburse any travel costs incurred.  The council will also give those who attend a voucher to spend as a way of thanks for their time.  

If you are unable to attend these sessions but would still like to express your views and contribute to the process, please contact the commissioning team by the 20 January 2020. 

You can contact them as follows:


Tel: 0118 9372833

Or write to them at Commissioning Team, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU


Study looking at faces

Researchers from the University of London are looking for volunteers aged between 18 and 35 with Williams syndrome or Down’s syndrome to investigate how they perceive and process faces.

Participants will be asked to play computer games that involve looking at faces presented on a screen and making judgments about them. For example, Is that Tom? Is he happy? Collage of faces

The computer sessions can be run at a location convenient to participants.

The ability to be able to recognise others and understand their emotions is critical for our day-to-day lives. This research will be looking at how these abilities change as children with Williams syndrome and children with Down’s syndrome move towards adulthood.

Anyone interested in taking part can register on their website, where more information can be found:

or visit the WilliamsandDownSyndromeResearchGroup facebook page.



#Declare Your Care

People regret not raising concerns about their care – but those who do raise concerns see improvements.

New research has found that almost 7 million people who have used health or social care services, in the last five years, have had concerns about their care but never raised them. Of these, over half (58%) expressed regret about not doing so.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for people to speak up about their experiences of care.

The most common reasons for not raising a concern were: 

  • not knowing how (20%) or who (33%) to raise it with 
  • not wanting to be seen as a ‘troublemaker’ (33%)
  • worries about not being taken seriously (28%).
  • over a third of people (37%) felt that nothing would change as a result.

However, when people did raise a concern or complaint, the majority (66%) found their issue was resolved quickly, it helped the service to improve and they were happy with the outcome.

The research is being published today by CQC to mark the launch of their ‘Declare Your Care’ campaign. The campaign is encouraging people to share their experiences of care with CQC to support its work to improve standards of care in England.

The majority of people who did raise a concern or complaint were motivated by a desire to make sure that care improved for others. This included wanting to improve the care they, or a loved one, had received (61%) and improve care for everyone using the service (55%) with a smaller number also hoping for an apology or explanation (26%).

The main reasons given for raising, or wanting to raise a concern, were delays to a service or appointment, lack of information and poor patient care. Additionally, over a fifth indicated that they have raised or wanted to raise concerns about the lack of communication between health and care services.

You can share your experience of care, on behalf of yourself or a family member, at


Declare Your Care infographic