Housing grants and assistance

We support residents to maintain independence and live comfortably and safely in their own homes. This includes providing assistance with repairs, improvements and adaptations in your home as well as specific grants for helping victims of burglary and domestic violence.

Take a look at the list below to see how we can help.

1. Decent homes grant

This grant covers work necessary for the home to comply with the 'Decent Homes' standard such as energy efficiency and repairs.

It's means tested and the maximum grant available is £8,000. No more than that amount will be paid to the same applicant in any 3 year period.

People who are eligible to apply:

1. Tenants/private free holders/leaseholders

  • a private freeholder or leaseholder with more than 3 years unexpired on a lease
  • a private tenant with a full repairing obligation

The person must be 18 or over and be vulnerable (ie in receipt of eligible benefits*). The premises must be their main or only residence

2. Private owners

  • a private owner whose tenant is over 60 years old and vulnerable
  • a private owner of accommodation in Queen's Park or Harrow Road wards that is occupied by a vulnerable tenant

Enquire online

Contact details

You can contact the Westminster Home Improvement Agency by 020 7641 8959 or res@westminster.gov.uk.

2. Disabled facilities grant

This is a mandatory grant by legislation for works to make homes and facilities accessible to a disabled person.

The maximum grant is £30,000.

Read more information about the disabled facilities grant and the eligibility requirements.

Owners, occupants, private tenants (ie not council tenants) and housing association are all eligible to apply. If the disabled person is in receipt of any benefits* (excluding job seekers allowance), they will be eligible for 100% of the grant.

The grant cannot be given until the disabled person's condition has been assessed and it's decided that the home needs to be adapted.

Enquire online

Contact details

You can contact Social Services on 020 7641 1175 for an assessment of the disabled person's needs.

3. Adaptions Assistance

This grant covers mandatory works to make a home suitable for the needs of a disabled person.

It's means tested if the applicant is over 18 years old. The maximum grant is £30,000 and no more than this amount will be paid to the same applicant in any 5 year period.

People who are eligible to apply:

  • owners
  • occupiers
  • private tenants (not council or housing association tenants)

Enquire online

Contact details

You can contact Social Services on 020 7641 1175 for an assessment of the need for an adaptation of a home

4. Emergency works to heating and hot water

This grant covers works necessary to repair or replace the existing hot water or space heating provision.

It's means tested and the maximum grant is £4,000 in any one financial year. The maximum payable is £6,000 over a 5 year period.

People who are eligible to apply:

  • an owner or occupier
  • a private tenant with repairing obligations

The person must be:

  • 60 years or more or be a parent/guardian of a child under 16 years
  • receiving benefits*
  • using the premises as their main or only residence
  • lacking adequate space heating or hot water provision

Enquire online

Contact details

You can contact the Westminster Home Improvement Agency by 020 7641 8959 or res@westminster.gov.uk.

5. Free Handyperson service

This service covers minor works to a home such as replacing light bulbs and other small DIY jobs. It does not cover gardening, plumbing or decorating.

It's not means tested.

Read more information on this service.

People who are eligible to apply:

  • Anyone who is over 60 years or who receives a disability allowance.

Enquire Online

Contact details

You can contact the Westminster Home Improvement Agency by 020 7641 8959 or res@westminster.gov.uk.

6. Safe and secure

This grant covers work to repair door and window locks, door chains, smoke detectors, door viewers, fire blankets, door reinforcing strips and security lights.

The work must be carried out by Westminster Maintenance Services, the approved contractor on behalf of the Council.

People who are eligible to apply:

  • owners and occupants
  • private or housing association tenants

In these 2 categories, the person must be either over 60 years, below 60 years and on benefits* or disabled.

  • council tenant (the person must be either over 60 years or disabled)
  • anyone who has been burgled at least once in the last 12 months

Enquire online

Contact details

You can contact the Westminster Home Improvement Agency by 020 7641 8959 or res@westminster.gov.uk.

7. Sanctuary Scheme

This scheme aims to give victims of domestic violence the option to remain in their homes through making physical changes to improve the safety and security of the home.

In Westminster, the Sanctuary Scheme is managed and supported by ADVANCE, an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service.

People who are eligible to apply:

The Sanctuary Scheme is a free scheme available to anyone in Westminster who is affected by domestic abuse.

Referrals are made through ADVANCE who will assess each case to ensure that the Sanctuary scheme is a suitable intervention.

Contact details

Telephone: 020 8960 7016
admin@advancecharity.org.uk

8. Westminster Home Improvement Agency (WHIA)

The Westminster Home Improvement Agency supports vulnerable residents to maintain independence and live comfortably and safely in their own homes.

The services we offer include:

  • providing advice and assistance with repairs, improvements and adaptations for clients whose homes require works
  • applying for financial grant aid on  your behalf for works recommended by occupational therapists.

Read more information on the Westminster Home Improvement Agency.

Contact the Home Improvement Agency

9. Eligible benefits and publications

  • income support
  • housing benefit
  • local council tax support
  • guarantee Pension Credit
  • income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • pension credit which includes housing credit
  • workng tax credit (with an annual household income of less than £15,910)
  • child tax credit (with an annual household income of less than £15,910)
  • universal credit (with an annual household income of less than £15,910)
  • income based job seekers allowance

Publications

Grants policy - for the provision of assistance for the purpose of improving living conditions

10. Warm Homes, Healthy People

Warm Homes Healthy People is a project to help residents to keep warm and well at home while also helping to manage their fuel bills.

It is open to all residents

  • aged over 60
  • with children under 5

Among the help available, we offer:

  • a free Healthy Homes Check
  • help to improve the heating and insulation of your home
  • help with changing your tariff, to reduce your bills
  • you can apply for a visit yourself or on behalf of someone else

Apply Online

 


Last updated: 9 March 2017
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