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Funding plea for disability homes

Disabled man in specially-adapted home
Funds are used to modify buildings so disabled people can stay at home

Extra funds to help disabled people remain in their homes are being sought by Mid Sussex District Council.

The authority said that in 2006/07 it handed out nearly £490,000 in grants for home modifications, but in 2010/11 it would need £720,000.

Installing ramps, lowering surfaces, widening doorways and improving kitchen and bathroom access could help people stay in their homes, the council said.

The authority has written to the government requesting extra cash.

'Quality of life'

Councillor Christopher Snowling said the district had an ageing population and a survey in 2004 had shown a clear need to improve the ratio of suitably adapted properties for disabled people.

He said funding for Disabled Facilities Grants was provided by both the council and central government.

"Mid Sussex District Council actively promotes and supports disabled adaptations because they make such a positive difference to our disabled residents' quality of life," he added.

"However, we now find ourselves facing a situation where we are without adequate resources to cope with demand."

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