A HUGE cash boost of almost £1m will help some of Blackpool’s most vulnerable residents make much needed improvements to their homes.
Blackpool Council has been allocated the Government cash to allow disabled people to adapt their houses so they can live independently.
Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing and public protection at the town hall, has welcomed the news – but warned demand for the funding would be high.
She said: “The announcement is in line with previous year’s allocations and is, of course, welcome.
“Blackpool Council is committed to helping people stay at home whenever it can and help with adapting people’s homes is just one element in the range of services the council provides.
“There is however substantial need for this type of help and the demands very often outstrip the amount of funds that are available.
“The council is working hard with health and other services to make sure that those in the greatest needs get the help they need and we will continue to offer a quality service.
“It’s important to realise, however, this is not a windfall payment that will enable the council to offer more help than it was planning to.”
A total of £30.8m has been allocated across the North West by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Blackpool will receive £936,717. The council says it has not yet decided how the cash will be distributed and will make an announcement at a later date.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk, who announced the funding, said: “For many people, the security of being able to stay in your own home in difficult times can have a real impact on their health and wellbeing.”