Access to assistance for adaptations is not based on tenure and the local authority will deal with enquiries from social housing tenants in a similar way to other tenures. This is done by undertaking an assessment of the client and preparing a statement of need, if appropriate. For social housing tenants the referral is made to the registered provider (the landlord) and not directly to the private sector housing team, as with other types of tenure.
Several registered providers operate sheltered schemes, including extra care schemes, for older people within Warrington. The council has encouraged these organisations to take account of the needs of an ageing population when undertaking any refurbishment works to these premises, such as installing showers. The council has introduced policy guidelines for bathing facilities in sheltered accommodation.
Where a residents condition is of a nature that adapted bathing facilities are considered appropriate, the assessment will take into consideration any communal facilities provided on site.
Social landlords operating within Warrington will have their own policies for adaptations, which will range from the way in which they deal with requests for adaptations from tenants to the type of adaptation suitable for each property type. For example, some registered providers may have a budget which is ring-fenced for adaptations work and will undertake the work themselves, whilst others may encourage their tenants to make an enquiry for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).
Some registered providers may not wish to give consent for structural adaptations to a family home where the sole occupant is elderly and disabled and could move to a more suitable property, which is already adapted, such as a flat or bungalow.
The legislative framework for DFGs is the same for all client groups and tenures and the priority scoring system is applied to all clients.
The council transferred its housing stock to GGHT in November 2010 and, as part of this arrangement, GGHT agreed to fund suitable adaptations in their properties. As a consequence, GGHT tenants with disabilities do not have their requests for adaptations processed through a DHG, these are dealt with directly by their landlord, in accordance with their policy on Aids and Adaptations.