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.
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.
1. Tenants/private free holders/leaseholders
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
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.
You can contact Social Services on 020 7641 1175 for an assessment of the disabled person's needs.
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.
You can contact Social Services on 020 7641 1175 for an assessment of the need for an adaptation of a home
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.
The person must be:
You can contact the Westminster Home Improvement Agency by 020 7641 8959
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.
Anyone who is over 60 years or who receives a disability allowance.
You can book a handyperson visit by calling 020 7641 8959
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.
In these 2 categories, the person must be either over 60 years, below 60 years and on benefits* or disabled.
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.
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.
Telephone: 020 8960 7016
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:
Read more information on the Westminster Home Improvement Agency.
Grants policy - for the provision of assistance for the purpose of improving living conditions