Only emergency cases for cash to repair homes can
be considered by Rugby Borough Council, after a dramatic rise in the
number of applications.
But the council said it may be able to offer help
to disappointed homeowners by using funds from other sources.
The Cabinet heard this wek that the number of
applications for renovation and home repair grants in the last six
months was more than double the number normally received in a whole
Karen Stone, head of Environmental Health and
Economic Development, said:
“Grant help has been available for improving
homes in the private sector for pensioners, people on benefit and
people in the renewal areas.
“Despite the overwhelming demand for grant
assistance this year for essential home improvements and repairs,
the council is able to make available grants for emergency
“By the use of funds outside the council,
such as Home Energy Efficiency scheme, it is hoped that all those
who have made applications will be helped.
“Council employees will be personally
visiting people who may not be receiving the assistance they
originally applied for to help seek alternative sources of funding.
“People whose safety is at risk will be
unaffected, as will those who are applying for financial assistance
to adapt their home because of a disability.”