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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Disabled occupant

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Definition or reference in primary legislation
Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, S.20

In this Chapter the 'disabled occupant', in relation to an application for grant, means the disabled person for whose benefit it is proposed to carry out any of the relevant works.

Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) delivery: Guidance for local authorities in England

B4. A valid application can only be made by the owner or tenant (or occupant in the case of a houseboat or caravan) where the disabled person lives or is going to live - in many cases this will not be the disabled person themself. In the legislation the disabled person who needs the adaptations is known as 'the disabled occupant'. In deciding whether the application is on behalf of a disabled occupant, the local authority must consider if the intended beneficiary meets the definition of a disabled person for the purposes of the DFG, and where they live or intend to live. Key considerations are covered below.

A disabled person
B5. For the purposes of a DFG application a person is disabled if:

their sight, hearing or speech is substantially impaired,
they have a mental disorder or impairment of any kind,
they are physically substantially disabled by illness, injury or impairment
B6. and a person over 18 is taken to be disabled if:

they are an adult who is or could be registered under section 77 of the Care Act 2014
they are an adult who is or could be registered under section 18(5) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
they are a child or young person registered under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Children Act 1989
they are a disabled child as defined by section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

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