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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Reasonable and practical

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

B84. Where the relevant works have been judged to be necessary and appropriate, the housing authority then has to consider whether it is reasonable and practicable to carry out the works having regard to the age and condition of the property. The reason for this test is that it may not be a good use of resources to award a DFG to adapt an old, run-down building.

B85. Each application should be considered on its own merits but where a home is in serious disrepair or beyond economic repair then a housing authority may consider that the relevant works are not reasonable and practicable. In these cases, it would be good practice for local authorities to provide information and advice to the applicant on their housing options.

B86. Other issues, such as whether the property is otherwise suitable for the disabled person are not relevant considerations.

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