FOI request: Housing grants for disability adaptations

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, East Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Good morning,

I hope you are well. Could you please treat my request for the information below as a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2002.

Please could you provide the following information on housing grants for disability adaptations:

REFERRALS AND GRANTS

1a. The total number of requests received for home adaptations for disability purposes in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

1b. The total number of occupational therapist assessments carried out in response to requests for home adaptations for disability purposes in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

1ci. The total number of occupational therapist assessments costed with 100% funding of mandatory home adaptations approved in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

1cii. The total number of occupational therapist assessments costed with 80% funding of mandatory home adaptations approved in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

1ciii. The total number of adaptation requests that led to occupational therapist assessments but were then rejected in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

1d. The total number of grants for home adaptations for disability purposes completed in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

TENURE BREAKDOWN

For questions 1a, 1b, 1d above, please could you also provide the answers broken down by housing tenure of the i.e. owner-occupier, private tenant etc.

WAITS

Please could you specify which average measure you are using whether it is median or mean. However, the median would be preferable.

2a. What was the average number of working days from first contact for someone to receive an initial assessment from an occupational therapist (or similar person) in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

2b. What was the average number of working days between someone receiving an initial assessment from an occupational therapist (or similar person) and successful requests being costed by the housing department or relevant budget holder in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

2c. What was the average number of working days between the costing of successful requests and the certified/completion date of installing the adaptations in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

2d. What was the average number of working days between someone receiving an initial assessment from an occupational therapist (or similar person) and the adaptation request being rejected by the housing department or relevant budget holder in each of the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

AMOUNT SPENT

3a. What was the IJB’s total budget (in £) for housing grants for adaptations in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22?

3b. What was the total value (in £) of completed grants for home adaptations for disability purposes in the financial years 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 until 30th October 2021?

Yours faithfully,
Rachel Hamada

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