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Calls made for more funding for disabled

Calls made for more funding for disabled
25th February 2008

Responding to the government's strategy for ensuring that the UK's housing meets the needs of an ageing population, Help the Aged has called for greater funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant.

Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations for the charity, said that the national strategy is "enormously important" as housing has a significant impact upon "health, well-being and independence".

However, while the move ought to help older people who wish to live independently, Mr Cann suggested that more should be done to finance home improvements.

"Extra funding for the Disabled Facilities Grant is crucial; far too many older people struggle to live independently at home when all they need is help with improvements and adaptations," he remarked.

However, the plans were not met with such enthusiasm from all quarters, with the Conservative shadow housing minister Grant Shapps stating that the government has "sprung these moves on business".

Builders have been told that they must follow this initiative within just over one month's time, he claimed, noting that there did not seem to have been a consultation with the house building industry, the BBC reports.

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