Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  


Council Offers Home Improvement Grants

21st December 2008

The credit crunch may be biting but The Highland Council has cash grants available to assist with home improvements, adaptations and repairs.

Home improvement and repair grants are available to help people living in owner-occupied or privately-rented housing to meet the costs of having their homes improved, repaired or adapted. Most grants are at the discretion of the Council and almost all are means-tested. A small number of grants are, under certain conditions, mandatory and the Council is obliged to approve these.

Discretionary improvement grants can be awarded for improvements to existing houses to bring them up to the tolerable standard, e.g. by installing bathroom facilities, dealing with structural instability, or eradication of severe dampness. They may also be available to make houses suitable for occupants with disabilities, e.g. level access showers, ramps, stair lifts or purpose built extensions to accommodate a ground floor bedroom or bathroom.

Discretionary repair grants can be awarded for work to both the internal and external fabric of a house e.g. repairs to roof or walls, eradication of rot or replacing rotten window frames which could be affecting the structure and for replacing lead piping or reducing exposure to radon gas.

The following are examples of works that may attract grant:
- Works to bring the house up to the statutory Tolerable Standard by the provision of standard amenities, dealing with structural instability or eradication of severe dampness.
- Alteration and enlargement, where this is necessary to provide adequate kitchen or bathroom facilities, or to meet the needs of a disabled person.
- Replacement of unsafe electrical wiring.
- Installation of mains powered smoke detectors
- Provision of adequate heating systems (only when other works are being carried out).
- Provision of adequate thermal insulation (only when other works are being carried out).
- Works required to make the house suitable for the accommodation, welfare or employment of a disabled occupant e.g. level access showers, ramps, stair lifts or purpose built extensions to accommodate a ground floor bathroom or bedroom.
- Works of repair to both the internal and external fabric of a house which are necessary to maintain the useful life of the property e.g. repairs to walls, roofs, eradication of rot or replacement of rotten window frames which could be affecting the structure.
- The replacement of water supply pipes which are made of lead.
- Works intended to reduce exposure to radon gas.
- In buildings in common ownership, the provision of a fire retardant entrance door and a main door entry phone system

A grant scheme has also been introduced by the Government to financially assist people if their private water supply requires improvement. This is a health driven initiative as poor water quality can cause illness in the community. The introduction of a simple private water supply treatment system can protect people from water borne illness such as e-coli O157 infection.
Grants of up to 800 are available from The Highland Council to help improve a private water supply. The Grant Scheme is non-means tested and applicants may be eligible for financial assistance if:
- the home or business is served by a private water supply;
- the private water supply is the main or sole source of water for human consumption to these premises; and
- the private water supply is in need of improvement to bring it up to modern standards.

If an applicant shares their supply with a number of neighbouring premises they may wish to consider making a joint application. A joint application can be submitted in respect of all the premises served by the supply, by the applicant and the other owners or occupiers acting together. In the majority of cases, a joint approach is likely to provide the most effective long term solution to improve the water quality.

Further information on any of the above grants may be obtained by contacting a local Council Environmental Health office or visiting the Council's web site


Related Businesses


Related Articles

Redesign continues to deliver improvements
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting.   In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.  
Resurfacing road works on B862 and B851
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House.   Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.  
Highland Council agrees 5-year Capital Programme
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of £482m over the next 5 years.   The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under £2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.  
Council Issues More Fines In Caithness For Dog Fouling and Fly Tipping
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling.   A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.  
Council Administration to present a programme of investment
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands.  We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.  
Highland Council to make special case for capital investment
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather.   Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.  
Highland Council Winter Road Condition And School Closure Report For Wednesday 7 March 2018
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at   The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.  
Wick High Finalist In Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018.Thumbnail for article : Wick High Finalist In Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018.
The £48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018.   The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.  
Partnership for Procurement - Supplying to the Public Sector
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector.   Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.  
Northern Alliance data demonstrates Highland Schools ‘closing the attainment gap'
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication.  The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.  

[Printer Friendly Version]