Disabled Facilities Grants

Date of Request: 14/05/2015                                          

Date of Disclosure: 11/06/2015

Request and Devon County Council Response

Please see the Councils response in bold text;

Q1 (a) What budget is available to your authority for Disabled Facilities Grants? Please provide annual figures from 2010 to present. Please indicate any under or over spending

Please note that Devon County Council is not responsible for administering Disabled Facilities Grants.  Therefore this information is not held.

In the interest of providing you with advice and assistance I can confirm that responsibility for administering Disabled Facilities Grants rests with each of the District and Unitary Councils in Devon.  Should you wish to obtain this information you are advised to contact each of these public authorities separately.

Contact details for these Councils are available from the link below;

Q.1(b) How many people were granted physical adjustments or assistance devices (mobility aids, assistive technology) to enable them to live in their own home? Please indicate the numbers for each year from 2010 to present.

Please note that Devon County Council can confirm that we hold information regarding physical adjustments made in our social care client’s homes.  However this information is not held in a format which is easily accessible as the information is held on individual care files.  Therefore to extract and retrieve this information would take in excess of the 18 hours we are obliged to spend answering a Freedom of Information request. For this reason we feel that Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act applies (cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit).

 

In the interest of providing you with advice and assistance please note that District and Unitary Councils have a duty under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 to assist with granting housing adaptations.  We would therefore advise you to pursue this request with each of the District & Unitary Councils in Devon.

Contact details for these Councils are available from the link below;

Q.2(a) How many decisions regarding eligibility for care and support have been challenged through your authority’s complaints procedures annually since 2010?

Table 2. Complaints regarding eligibility for care and support services

 

 

 

Q.2(a) How many decisions regarding eligibility for care and support have been challenged through your authority’s complaints procedures annually since 2010?

 

2010

(1.4.09 – 31.3.10)

 

16

2011

1.4.10 – 31.3.11

 

5

2012

1.4.11 – 31.3.12

 

9

2013

1.4.12 – 31.3.13

 

3

2014

1.4.13 – 31.3.14

 

14

2015

1.4.14 – 31.3.15

 

10

 

Q.2(b) How many of those complaints were a) withdrawn, b) resolved, c) resulted in remedial action, or d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

2010

 

a) withdrawn

 

1

 

b) resolved

 

11

 

c) resulted in remedial action

 

11

 

d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

 

2

 

2011

 

a) withdrawn

 

3

 

b) resolved

 

2

 

c) resulted in remedial action

 

2

 

d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

 

1

2012

 

a) withdrawn

 

1

 

b) resolved

 

8

 

c) resulted in remedial action

 

8

 

d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

 

0

2013

 

a) withdrawn

 

0

 

b) resolved

 

3

 

c) resulted in remedial action

 

2

 

d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

 

0

2014

 

a) withdrawn

 

2

 

b) resolved

 

12

 

c) resulted in remedial action

 

3

 

d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

 

1

2015

 

a) withdrawn

 

1

 

b) resolved

 

9

 

c) resulted in remedial action

 

7

 

d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

 

0

Q.2(b) How many of those complaints were a) withdrawn, b) resolved, c) resulted in remedial action, or d) proceeded to Ombudsman or Judicial Review

Please see table above.

Q.3(a) How many people with disabilities have requested annually, since 2010, transfer of services to a different administrative region?

This data is not held.

Q.3(b) How many people with disabilities are currently placed by your organisation outside your local authority area?

Please note that we have 161 clients with a Physical Disability, who are in Residential or Nursing placements that are outside the local authority area.