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Council Housing Grant Inquiry

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Has anyone had a housing grant done in Wales? I was wondering if you had to have the kitchen they offer, or would they allow an amount for you to go and get your own. if this is the case, how do they give you the money?

Oh I own the house it is not council housing. This is the grant to get privately houses up to an acceptable living standard.

Thanks in advance,

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
we waited 5 yrs for a home improvement grant, that was 6 yrs ago. you will need to speak to your local council office to see if they are still available, I think they are concentrating on disability grants in our area ,for home improvments. ( s.wales)
you will get a sum of money for all works needed, so you can get the kitchen you want, but will have to pay extra towards it, if you fall outside the set amount allocated to the kitchen.
I think you get the amount paid direct to you, or the builder sorry cant remember.
hope this helps.
#2
Thanks we know we qualify for one but they are being absolute bleeps about giving any details away. All we want to know is if we can put extra money towards a better kitchen as they only give you a sink and two base units. They won't tell us until we have done the means test, had an environmental officer assigned and claim put in full, then a grant officer assigned! We have no idea what will be done exactly, although they said they would need to rip out the kitchen for the damp course. So we know we are having a kitchen but they won't tell us anything! I know they will feel like we will hold them to it but surely they could say if you qualify - then you can have a kitchen but you can only have what we offer or you can add to it for extra money. They are being really unhelpful about it all. We've been waiting three years by the way and the house is terrible now. I hope they come good in the end. Obviously we will be sincerely grateful when they do it but I wish they could be understanding of people in our situation.
#3
Oh and we're top of the list now just waiting for the three year period to come up in July as they won't do grants until you've owned the house for three years.
#4
lisat
we waited 5 yrs for a home improvement grant, that was 6 yrs ago. you will need to speak to your local council office to see if they are still available, I think they are concentrating on disability grants in our area ,for home improvments. ( s.wales)
you will get a sum of money for all works needed, so you can get the kitchen you want, but will have to pay extra towards it, if you fall outside the set amount allocated to the kitchen.
I think you get the amount paid direct to you, or the builder sorry cant remember.
hope this helps.


What was your grant for if you don't mind me asking? What did they do? What council are you with?
#5
You'll have to be on Benefits or similar to get a grant.

Makes me pretty sick to be honest, we both work a 60 hour week running our own business. We pay nearly £1500 a year in Concil Tax, pay tax for this, tax for that. Basically get screwed by the Government for anything they can get!!

We just had to fork out over 5k of our own hard earned money to get our kitchen brought "up to an acceptable living standard".

Am thinking of closing our business, going on benefits & just sitting in front of the telly drinking cheap Larger & smoking Fags all day!!!
#6
FFNYL
You'll have to be on Benefits or similar to get a grant.

Makes me pretty sick to be honest, we both work a 60 hour week running our own business. We pay nearly £1500 a year in Concil Tax, pay tax for this, tax for that. Basically get screwed by the Government for anything they can get!!

We just had to fork out over 5k of our own hard earned money to get our kitchen brought "up to an acceptable living standard".

Am thinking of closing our business, going on benefits & just sitting in front of the telly drinking cheap Larger & smoking Fags all day!!!


Actually we both work :x and it is not only available to people on benefits. We are a young family that had to buy a run down house because of the state of the housing market.

My husband has worked since leaving school and I am working my guts out to get a very well paid career where I'm sure I will repay any money I get.

I did not ask for criticism from ill informed people so please - only respond if you want to help.
#7
foxylady*
Actually we both work :x and it is not only available to people on benefits. We are a young family that had to buy a run down house because of the state of the housing market.

My husband has worked since leaving school and I am working my guts out to get a very well paid career where I'm sure I will repay any money I get.

I did not ask for criticism from ill informed people so please - only respond if you want to help.


We all start out with nothing & work for what we want/need, it's life!

The problem with folk today is that they are used to the 'have now, pay later' culture. This is part of the problem with the whole Credit Crunch.

I need new tyres for my car which enables me to drive to my business to pay my taxes that pay for COUNCIL GRANTS - Perhaps I should apply for a grant for them??
#8
We bought our house knowing it needed gutting in the future, but was livable short term, we needed rewiring central heating, plumbing, damp proof, re plastering, new floors had to be concreate, windows through out, the whole lot really, we moved out for just over a year for the work to be compleated.
we did'nt get a full grant, just like yourselves we both work, so had a proportion of the total cost,
liasing with the local council office was a total nightmare, we were never put in the picture, but I used to constantly ring them after a 4 yr wait telling them how bad our living conditions were, they even advised me to tell some white lies to benifit my application? This I did'nt do and ended up waiting over 5 years.
April being a new tax year ask them if all of the money has been allocated, and does that include you in this financial year?
#9
Council Grants are available for ALL members of the community, they are means tested and you may or may-not be eligable, paying tax all my working years and also being a council tax payer made me an eligable applicant, not a scrounger or a telly watching fag smoker FFNYL ?
#10
FFNYL
We all start out with nothing & work for what we want/need, it's life!

The problem with folk today is that they are used to the 'have now, pay later' culture. This is part of the problem with the whole Credit Crunch.

I need new tyres for my car which enables me to drive to my business to pay my taxes that pay for COUNCIL GRANTS - Perhaps I should apply for a grant for them??


I am not going to enter into an argument with you and I think it's best we agree to disagree. I have asked for advice not a thread to discuss taxes. If you are angry about housing grants take it up with your local MP, not me. I am not buying now paying later. I want to live in a house where I am not worried that my daughter will get asthma from the damp in her bedroom, or where the water we drink is contaminated with lead from the pipes. My son is sleeping in our bedroom and we have no heating or hot water. But it's ok I'll wait until I finish my studies and then sort it out (in five years time) or I'll take out a massive loan to go on top of our mortgage that costs over half our income a month (not including bills). After our bills we have £150 left a month for food and petrol. I'm really glad for you that you have a house that is in a band that you can pay that much for, and that you can afford to save to buy a new kitchen. But we can't and I am not ashamed to say we need help. Or shall I go on benefits and get a brand new council house too?
#11
lisat
Council Grants are available for ALL members of the community, they are means tested and you may or may-not be eligable, paying tax all my working years and also being a council tax payer made me an eligable applicant, not a scrounger or a telly watching fag smoker FFNYL ?


Good for you!
#12
lisat
We bought our house knowing it needed gutting in the future, but was livable short term, we needed rewiring central heating, plumbing, damp proof, re plastering, new floors had to be concreate, windows through out, the whole lot really, we moved out for just over a year for the work to be compleated.
we did'nt get a full grant, just like yourselves we both work, so had a proportion of the total cost,
liasing with the local council office was a total nightmare, we were never put in the picture, but I used to constantly ring them after a 4 yr wait telling them how bad our living conditions were, they even advised me to tell some white lies to benifit my application? This I did'nt do and ended up waiting over 5 years.
April being a new tax year ask them if all of the money has been allocated, and does that include you in this financial year?


I'm not sure I will ask my hubby to phone them and ask. They have said that we are at the top of the list that is all I know. I really hope it won't be any longer as the conditions here are really bad now and we have no more income to spend. Did you have to put a lot of money to it?
#13
lisat
We bought our house knowing it needed gutting in the future, but was livable short term, we needed rewiring central heating, plumbing, damp proof, re plastering, new floors had to be concreate, windows through out, the whole lot really, we moved out for just over a year for the work to be compleated.
we did'nt get a full grant, just like yourselves we both work, so had a proportion of the total cost,
liasing with the local council office was a total nightmare, we were never put in the picture, but I used to constantly ring them after a 4 yr wait telling them how bad our living conditions were, they even advised me to tell some white lies to benifit my application? This I did'nt do and ended up waiting over 5 years.
April being a new tax year ask them if all of the money has been allocated, and does that include you in this financial year?


Wow just read the bit about it being over a year! :w00t:
#14
foxylady*
I am not going to enter into an argument with you and I think it's best we agree to disagree. I have asked for advice not a thread to discuss taxes. If you are angry about housing grants take it up with your local MP, not me. I am not buying now paying later. I want to live in a house where I am not worried that my daughter will get asthma from the damp in her bedroom, or where the water we drink is contaminated with lead from the pipes. My son is sleeping in our bedroom and we have no heating or hot water. But it's ok I'll wait until I finish my studies and then sort it out (in five years time) or I'll take out a massive loan to go on top of our mortgage that costs over half our income a month (not including bills). After our bills we have £150 left a month for food and petrol. I'm really glad for you that you have a house that is in a band that you can pay that much for, and that you can afford to save to buy a new kitchen. But we can't and I am not ashamed to say we need help. Or shall I go on benefits and get a brand new council house too?


You are correct, I do have a very nice house, car & standard of living but myself & my partner have slogged our guts out to get where we are now. We have NEVER had any help from any Benefits, Grants, Hand Outs etc. To start up our own Business we saved for over 4 years & risked everything.
When we started out we couldn't afford a House of our own & rented for many years, put up with our living conditions & saved what little we could to get the 10% deposit together for a mortgage.
If you are living in a house with no heating & hot water then you'd be best advised to sort out your basic utilities before hankering after a new kitchen!
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I hope you get good news soon, I only waited about 6 weeks after I got to the top of the list,
we had a loan for over 10 thousand to help with all the extra things I added, which included bathroom fixtures and a nice kitchen.
#16
FFNYL
You are correct, I do have a very nice house, car & standard of living but myself & my partner have slogged our guts out to get where we are now. We have NEVER had any help from any Benefits, Grants, Hand Outs etc. To start up our own Business we saved for over 4 years & risked everything.
When we started out we couldn't afford a House of our own & rented for many years, put up with our living conditions & saved what little we could to get the 10% deposit together for a mortgage.
If you are living in a house with no heating & hot water then you'd be best advised to sort out your basic utilities before hankering after a new kitchen!


Ok thank you for the advice you have been most helpful :)
#17
lisat
I hope you get good news soon, I only waited about 6 weeks after I got to the top of the list,
we had a loan for over 10 thousand to help with all the extra things I added, which included bathroom fixtures and a nice kitchen.


Thank you lisat I hope that they are as efficient with me :) I think we will have to have what we are given for the time being as we cannot take out extra loans but it would be helpful if we knew what contribution we had to make towards it. I guess that we will have to wait and see when it happens.
#18
Good luck to you and your family, I hope this works out for you sooner rather than later, I totaly understand your frustration and concerns, but i'm sure you'll keep ploding on like us all.
never thought i'd say it but i actually miss my old coal fires?
#19
lisat
Good luck to you and your family, I hope this works out for you sooner rather than later, I totaly understand your frustration and concerns, but i'm sure you'll keep ploding on like us all.
never thought i'd say it but i actually miss my old coal fires?


Thank you I will, and hopefully after going through it all I will come out ok at the end :)
#20
We own our house and getting ours up to living standard has cost us our social life and holidays. We have done lots to our house and paid the price. Our mortgage has trebbled from what we took out. I have just looked at a site for council grants and according to that grants are given out for things like "leaky roofs". It says homes that qualify for improvement grants are usually those that are deemed inhospitable without renovation. I would not say that a new kitchen is a grant item. How have you done this. My kitchen has been in since 1964 when the house was build but we have spruced it up and it looks fab although no mod cons. We have made a huge mistake of taking out loans and credit and then adding it to our mortgage to pay for them. Good luck with your new kitchen. I wish we had done this now and then we wouldn't have been in the situation we are in.
#21
I wasnt aware of this scheme , if you both work then pay for your own Kitchen.

Why buy a house if your not happy with a certain room , you knew what you was moving into when you brought it, surely you can save up for a new kitchen if you can afford your own home :?

People who live in Council homes get this done for a reason , but i believe they dont get grants they have to have what they are given , mostly due to there kitchens never been touched till the 70s.

If someone is renting from the council then the Council have a duty to keep the house maintained.

why should the Council have a duty to maintain your private own house:?

FFNYL , if you gave up work and went on to claim benefits firstly you wouldnt be given them due to giving up work of your own doing , secondly if you dont mind living of £60 a week go for it lol

Also not just people on Benefits get new kitchens its anyone who lives in a council home , but i wasnt aware they did private homes also :o

Not sure what people get these days on benefits but im sure its about £60 a week...

But hey one good thing is you probably wouldnt be able to afford internet or come on to check the hotdeals :w00t:
1 Like #22
FFNYL;1890210
You are correct, I do have a very nice house, car & standard of living but myself & my partner have slogged our guts out to get where we are now. We have NEVER had any help from any Benefits, Grants, Hand Outs etc. To start up our own Business we saved for over 4 years & risked everything.
When we started out we couldn't afford a House of our own & rented for many years, put up with our living conditions & saved what little we could to get the 10% deposit together for a mortgage.
If you are living in a house with no heating & hot water then you'd be best advised to sort out your basic utilities before hankering after a new kitchen!


Ok shut up now, your boring us!
#23
Why i cant understand why someone takes a big plunge into buying a new home if they cant even afford to live after they have brought it and now expect a grant from the council because of there own doing & also moves there children in a unfit house ....i do understand that certain people should and do need help just not all.

FFNYL you do seem a bit jealous , i suppose you are agasint someone who is on benefits because of a cancer or in a wheelchair or so ill they cant work?

Its a shame but some people dont have any other way but to ask for help , but its also a shame that everyone thinks they are owed a hand out.

Maybe you could fo moved into a council home , i believe there homes are quite reasonable in rent prices and more easily for you to manage .....hence the reason some people do this until they can afford there new home
#24
marshallka
We own our house and getting ours up to living standard has cost us our social life and holidays. We have done lots to our house and paid the price. Our mortgage has trebbled from what we took out. I have just looked at a site for council grants and according to that grants are given out for things like "leaky roofs". It says homes that qualify for improvement grants are usually those that are deemed inhospitable without renovation. I would not say that a new kitchen is a grant item. How have you done this. My kitchen has been in since 1964 when the house was build but we have spruced it up and it looks fab although no mod cons. We have made a huge mistake of taking out loans and credit and then adding it to our mortgage to pay for them. Good luck with your new kitchen. I wish we had done this now and then we wouldn't have been in the situation we are in.


its not that they give you a kitchen but they have to rip ours out to rip out the floors and hack off the walls to do the damp course. So it is not the kitchen we are having the grant for per se, but they replace it (with a sink and two units so nothing extravagant) if they have to rip it out - which in our case they will
#25
Everyone is making judgements based on very limited information. I did feel insulted by some of the generalisations that were made about us but I also understand why some people are getting angry as their situations are also difficult and they have not had help.

The house was and still is the cheapest, smallest one we could afford. Our mortgage is less than renting, and the area we live is, shall we say, less than desirable. It is the lowest, cheapest option. Unfortunately this is the state of affairs, and don't tell me for one minute that if you were in our position you would turn down a grant because other people object to it. And I'm also sorry and sympathetic that we qualify whilst others don't, but again, this is not our fault. The matter at hand is down to the local council and government, and if you have a problem with it, you need to speak to your local MP

I didn't start this thread to offend people but what people have said about me and my family today is not fair.
#26
While i do feel for your parents , you cant base everyone who claims benefits as dole scroungers ........do they really pay there house for them??? i thought people were made to sell there home and live off that before they could claim?



If someone sits at home all day long smoking dope and not looking for work then they have no right to claim and i think you maybe going a bit ott .



If they have 10 people living in there home all claiming them obviously it should be stopped , i take it you reported them , im sure they or would of been if this is the case you stated , and any attempt to defraud the government would be stopped.



Its no right for your parent to be denied there claim , and every case needs to looked into on a case by case ......

But i believe if people do drugs or drink and claim there ill cause of it should be denied all benefits and be made to work , this does wind me up!!!!!
#27
Well how would they find out , unless there quite clever and use the legal system to try and find out.

Even so if they have been reported before , then why are they still allowed to claim and if they did stab someone why arnt they in jail?

People like this need to be stamped out of any community , but if people don't stand up to them then they feel like they can do as they wish.

I've stood up myself to bad neighbours myself and i will not allow myself to be intimated by there so called jailed convictions.

Its not big or clever and they are just scum of the earth and shouldn't even be alive.

Ill live and let live to a limit but when things start to effect me or my home thats when i get mad..

The bunch of losers on your street sound like totally idiots , cause only idiots flaunt things in people faces like this , so i doubt there big time criminals who are going to shoot or stab anyone
#28
foxylady*
its not that they give you a kitchen but they have to rip ours out to rip out the floors and hack off the walls to do the damp course. So it is not the kitchen we are having the grant for per se, but they replace it (with a sink and two units so nothing extravagant) if they have to rip it out - which in our case they will


I remember a thread a while back about an "en suite in your bedroom"and you say you have no hot water or heating. My prioroties would be to get my children some hot water and heating first. I am not jealous and would not deny anyone that really needs things but as i say we have had to take out loans and then add them to our mortgage and its trebbled over the years. I feel slightly mad that the system allows for this. I realise its not your fault that you have been accepted for this type of grant but it is maddening to those that work damn hard for everything they get.

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