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Caerphilly Council to reform support schemes for home repairs

Caerphilly County Borough Council offices in Tredomen (Pic: LDRS)

CAERPHILLY Council is planning to reform the way it supports people to repair, maintain or adapt their homes.

The local authority offers help to private owners – including private sector landlords and tenants – with property maintenance and improvement in cases where people don’t have the necessary resources to pay themselves.

This mainly grant-based scheme is now likely to become a “more sustainable” repayable loan policy because the council’s ability to keep up current levels of support is “severely compromised by a diminishing capital funding situation”.

Council officers have warned the current policy is no longer “affordable or deliverable”.

The local authority has proposed removing several types of funding, including so-called Home Repair Grants and Conversion Grants.

In both those cases, the support on offer will be replaced by repayable loans.

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The council is also planning to continue adapting homes of people with disabilities on a means-tested basis.

Caerphilly Council’s cabinet is expected to approve the decisions in early April.

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