Maximumgrantamount The maximum amount of grant that a council is required to pay is £25,000 in Northern Ireland, £30,000 in England and £36,000 in Wales per application less any assessed contribution from you. If the cost of the eligible works is more, thecouncilcanusediscretionarypowerstoincreasetheamount.
It's just a common sense view (for what little that's worth ) but if SS were running the project - ie choosing the contractors, signing off the plans, controlling the budget - then it was their responsibility to keep the contractors on budget and any costs due to overrun is for them and the contractors to fight out. Their contract should cover this and if it doesn't - well you didn't write the contract. Theydid. As long as the specs haven't changed, it's not your fault and you shouldn't be liable. If you have been agreeing to changes onsite, especially in the kitchen part "ah well, darlin' we'll have to use a solid gold plumb-it joint here because we've run out of skyhooks" then you may be a bit more stuck.
Have you called CAB? Threatened the builders with Trading Standards? Booked an appointment with your MP? There must be a way out of this.
Thats a HUGE amount-wow!! Sorry your having to deal with this as well as everything else. This is where I sound a bit thick....They did away with means testing/contributing for childrens adaptations a couple of years ago didnt they?? I understand you having to pay SOMETHING for the new kitchen perhaps (even if I dont agree with it)as you MAY have a choice of what went into the kitchen, eg cheap v expensive units/worktops etc, but the amount they have come up with is ludicrous!!!!! Whay are they saying that you have to pay this? The grant is worth £30k and your contribution is £50k =£80k for a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen! Must be some bedroom! I'd want a house for that! Hope you get it sorted soon x
I was talking to a parent this week who had a £50k bill for DFG and they didn't pay for any of it but have £20k as a loan against the house. It's not ideal, but if you don't move for ages, it may be an option if they will up the loan element...?
How can you be expected to have budgeted for building works when you didn't know the price in advance? Most DFG builders seem to put in a low quote to get the job then double it cos they think the council is paying, which is completely shit. SS should be chosing builders who quote the full price up-front and only work on one job at a time. Agreed about complaining - especially to the press - and kicking up a real stink, but so exhausting, I know. Or try a charity for the rest of the money. Get the Rotary Club on your side?
can't see how they can just spring it on you like that. dear lord. Makes my project management skills look good
Appeal..shout.. do you have a local disability advice place / carers centre that can back you up / fight yr corner a bit? Maybe worst case they could apply to charities for you (tis so time consuming / soul destroying all the forms innit?)
Sorry you have this stress. Bastards. Our relocation grant has been whittled down to 6 grand now
Bloody hell Riven, my head is spinning. I just cannot get over the incompetency (is that even a word) of the SS. The way I see it, you need a good lawyer. Is there anyone on MN who would be able to take this on for you for free? I would if I could. Basically, SS insisted on teh wall being moved 6 inches. That would have contributed to the cost. Therefore SS are liable for the extra cost. This needs to be fought otherwise they will do it to other families just like they have done to you. I really really wish there was something we could do.
I'd seek legal advice on this from the Citizens Advice Bureau. How much over their original budget did they go? They can't just turn around and say, by the way, that's almost double what we said, now pay up. Can they?
can I just ask-are these extra bills on top of the dfg only for homeowners? We are due to be having work done in Sept-thats when the surveyor is now coming out, should have been April but then he isnt the one carrying DS up and down stairs At the mo the house is owned by the council but we are hoping to buy it asap?