Have your say on council's draft Housing Assistance Policy

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is seeking residents' views on a new housing policy that helps disabled residents to make adaptions to their home.

Aerial view of housing

The Housing Assistance Policy explains the funding framework that is made available each year to enable people with disabilities, and who own their property or are Housing Association tenants or are privately renting, to remain living independently in their homes. The policy sets out how residents can access the money, and the eligibility criteria that is used by both the government and the council to administer the grants.

The council would like residents to give their feedback on the policy, a draft of which can be found on the website, at:

https://welhat.gov.uk/have-your-say/consultations/housing

There is also a very short questionnaire for participants to complete. The deadline for both is Wednesday 13 October 2021.

The council already helps with aides and adaptions for tenants in council housing, which is undertaken by the housing asset team. These can include grab rails, entry level showers and conversions. The council website has all the details on this at www.welhat.gov.uk.

Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Housing, said:
 



"This is a really important policy as it explains what help we can give our residents who live in privately rented homes, Housing Association homes or who are owner occupiers, to get their property working well for them in their day-to day-life. Home should be a sanctuary and therefore it's got to be a place where you feel comfortable, regardless of your disability.

"I'd urge those residents to whom this applies to tell us what they think about the policy so we can look to make any changes necessary. It has the potential to make a big impact on the lives of many of our residents."

 

If you have any questions about the consultation or questionnaire, please call 01707 357000 or email housingandcommunity@welhat.gov.uk.