£4 million investment announced to improve home adaptations

Welsh Government is investing £4 million to improve support for disabled and elderly people wanting to live independently in their own homes.

An enhanced system of delivering essential housing adaptations such as handrails, ramps, stairlifts and walk-in showers will be rolled out across Wales from 1 April 2016. The aim of the new investment is to make it quicker and easier for people to the help they need when they need it.

Adaptations can help disabled and elderly people live safely and independently in their own homes. They can prevent the need for hospital admissions or allow some people to be discharged from hospital earlier.

The new simplified system will improve current arrangements by providing three broad levels of assistance based on people's needs, while providing greater flexibility and reducing bureaucracy.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, announced the new investment and said "The new system will put people first and ensure all applicants receive a better, quicker service irrespective of their age, disability, housing tenure or where they live."

For more information on the announcement, visit the Welsh Government website.