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Welcome to Duddon Parish Council

The Organisation

Duddon Parish is situated in South West Cumbria, mainly within the Lake District National Park, and was formed in 1976 to incorporate the old parishes of Broughton West, Seathwaite with Dunnerdale and Angerton.

The Parish

The Parish stretches from the summit of Wrynose Pass in the North to the Duddon Estuary on Morecambe Bay in the South.

Broughton-in-Furness
The main town within the parish is the small ancient market town of Broughton-in-Furness, which has a Charter dating back to 1575. 

The Valleys
Contained within the wide boundaries of the parish are the Duddon Valley, much beloved by Wordsworth, the secluded Lickle Valley, the beautiful Woodland Valley and the marshes of Angerton on the Duddon Estuary.

The Communities
The main hamlets in these valleys comprise Woodland, Broughton Mills, Ulpha, Dunnerdale, Seathwaite, Cockley Beck & Angerton.

25 August 2022

Full Parish Council Meeting

Rankin Room, Victory Hall Thursday 7:30 pm View Details
22 September 2022

Full Parish Council Meeting

Rankin Room, Victory Hall Thursday 7:30 pm View Details

Latest Parish News

CHANGES MAKE DISABLED FACILITIES GRANT SCHEME MORE INCLUSIVE

09

August 2022
disabled facilities

SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

News release

9 August 2022

CHANGES MAKE DISABLED FACILITIES GRANT SCHEME MORE INCLUSIVE

South Lakeland's Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) scheme has been modified to make it even more inclusive.

The scheme helps pay for changes so people can stay living independently, with South Lakeland District Council undertaking eligible works up to a value of £30,000.

Subject to a test of financial resource, households may be asked to make a contribution but the level at which the means test will now be applied to mandatory grants has been increased from £5,000 to £10,000. Where the adaptation is for a child or young person there is no test of financial resource for the first £30,000.

SLDC's Cabinet was told that the cost of DFG work in the past six months, particularly for level-access showers, which account for about 80 per cent of DFG grants, had been exceeding £5,000.

Councillor Helen Chaffey, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "This is a response to increasing costs and a definite move on our part to make this worthwhile scheme which makes a real difference to people's quality of life more accessible.

"Increasing the means test threshold will cut down waiting times for applications and the start of work.”

Typical DFG adaptations are:

  • stair lifts
  • wet floor shower areas
  • access ramping.

SLDC can help with the planning and design of the work along with Cumbria Social Services and health occupational therapists.

You can apply if you are:

  • registered or registerable as disabled (your social worker or occupational therapist can tell you this) and an owner-occupier or tenant. Social housing tenants may be able to get help from their housing association to adapt their homes;
  • acting on behalf of a person with disabilities who lives in your home;
  • a landlord acting on behalf of a tenant who has disabilities.

Councillor Suzie Pye, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation, said: "It is vitally important that this support is there for individuals who need it and that it is as accessible as possible. This change will remove any unnecessary delays which could cause inconvenience and suffering.

"I urge anyone who feels they could benefit from this scheme to have a look on our website and find out what is available and if they are eligible for this support."

For more information on the scheme, go to: https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/housing/housing-support-and-grants/disabled-facilities-grants/

For advice and assessment from a county council occupational therapist if you live in South Lakeland, contact: 01539 713378/713343/713111/713334 or email kendalssd@cumbria.gov.uk

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For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Friends of the Elderly- Grants for Older People

09

August 2022
friends of the elderly

**Friends of the Elderly- Grants for Older People** Local Authorities can act as one of the specified referral agents

https://www.fote.org.uk/our-charity-work/grants-2/

-The funding is intended to support older people living on low incomes in England and Wales.

-Four grant streams are available to help with home essentials, digital connection, financial support and essential living costs.

-The maximum grant value for Digital Connections, Home Essentials or Financial Support is £400, or £500 for households where two or more people are eligible for grants

-The maximum grant value for Essential Living Costs is £250.

-Who can apply

- Applications are only accepted from a Referral Agent who knows the older person in a professional or community capacity, including

housing associations, Local Authorities, charities, community organisations, social workers, advice providers, health centres, cultural and religious centres etc.

-A doctor/GP surgery can be a referrer, but only if they are willing to submit the application and follow through on its outcome.

The older person must be:

-Currently residing in England or Wales.

-In privately owned, privately rented, or social housing (not in residential care or a nursing home).

-Of UK state pension age.

-On a low income and with savings of less than £4,000.

-Have not served in the UK Armed Forces.

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