Essential repairs grant

What can the grant be used for?

An Essential Repairs Grant is available to make a non-decent home safer for vulnerable occupants. The grant can be used for works to remedy Category 1 and/or Category 2 hazards under the Housing Health and Safety rating System (HHSRS) to make a home safe, warm and watertight. The maximum level of funding available is £10,000.

Am I eligible for this grant?

  • An applicant must not be eligible for a Flexible Home Improvement Loan
  • The grant is available for homeowners in receipt of a means tested benefit. Where a property is jointly owned all parties must meet this financial criteria.
  • Applicants must have owned their property for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application.
  • The property must be occupied on a permanent basis by the applicant and their family.
  • We will inspect your property and must identify hazards which would be categorised as either a category 1 hazard or multiple category 2 hazards that pose a risk to health.
  • Once approved the eligible works to address Category 1 and/or 2 hazards must be carried out within 12 months of the date of approval of the grant
  • For works up to the value of £10,000 you must obtain two builders quotes and supply these to us. We will award funding equivalent to the cheapest quote provided. Where the proposed works are under the value of £1000 one quote can be provided.
  • The payment of the grant funding will not be made until the work has been completed in a satisfactory manner and the Council is provided with an appropriate invoice.
  • Payment of the grant will be made to the homeowner. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay contractors for any works carried out to the property.
  • A local land charge will be placed on the property equivalent to the assistance level provided. This must be repaid in full if the property is sold within 10 years of the Grant being provided.

How do I apply?

You must complete an application form and return it to us either by post or by email to

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