Article 3 of the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002 gives local authorities the power to provide assistance (either directly or indirectly) to any person for the purpose of improving living conditions in the local authority area.
In accordance with article 4 of the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance)(England and Wales) Order 2002, the Housing Renewal Policy 2017-19 sets out in full the policy that has been adopted by the council, and includes details of:
- how the Council intends to exercise its article 3 powers and ensure that the statutory qualifications to that power are observed;
- the types of assistance the Council may make available;
- the circumstances in which persons will be eligible for assistance;
- how the amount of any assistance awarded will be calculated;
- the conditions that will apply to the provision of assistance;
- how and in what circumstances any assistance made may be repaid.
The following forms of assistance are available from the council:
- Repairs Assistance
- Empty Homes Assistance
- Disabled Persons Relocation Grant
- Mandatory Disabled Facility Grant
- Discretionary Disabled Facility Grant
Assistance may be may be awarded to a vulnerable client who has:
- an owner’s interest (alone or jointly with others) in the dwelling to which the application relates for at least 3 years. This includes a leasehold with a legal obligation to repair with a minimum of five years left unexpired
- occupied the dwelling for at least 3 years
- a medical condition or other vulnerability that may be affected by the condition of their property or
- whose housing conditions are such that they may be detrimental to their health, safety or well-being.