Sarah Newton welcomes funding boost to make more homes accessible for elderly and disabled people in Cornwall

Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed the government’s decision to give Cornwall extra funding to help more elderly and disabled residents to make adaptations to their homes so they can live safely and independently.

Cornwall Council will receive £527,533, one of the largest allocations in the country, as part of a £42million funding boost announced this week.

The funding, which was trailed in the Budget in November, is in addition to the £431million the government has already pledged to the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) for 2017/18.

The money can be used to make a range of adaptations to a disabled or elderly person’s home.

“Some of these changes are low cost but can make a significant difference to a person’s quality of life,” said Mrs Newton, who is also the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work.

“For example, grab rails can be installed for as little as £30 but can prevent a serious fall.

“I’m pleased the government is giving Cornwall a good share of additional funding, which will ensure more elderly and disabled people in Truro, Falmouth and beyond receive this vital support.”

Heather Wheeler, the Minister for Housing and Homelessness, said: “The government is committed to helping older and disabled people live independently and safely and this extra funding will ensure more people are getting the help they need.

“Even a small adaptation to a home can make a big difference and help ensure people can stay in their home and do not have to struggle with the stairs or in simply taking a bath or shower.”

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