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Household Support Fund

Due to predicted high demand, applications for the Household Support Fund have now closed. Further support can be found on our Cost of Living and Household Support pages

Throughout the Access Guide a series of standard phrases e.g. ‘steep ramp’ or ‘easy going’ staircase etc, have been used to describe the access features of a building. The full meanings of these phrases include:

Ramps:

"steep"

A gradient greater than 1 in 12 is in excess of the maximum safe gradient for wheelchair users and very difficult to use.

"moderate"

A gradient of 1 in 12 to 1 in 14 is an acceptable gradient for most wheelchair users.

"easy going"

A gradient of 1 in 15 to 1 in 20 is a gentle gradient, easy to use for the majority of wheelchair users.

Stepped Access:

“steep” step height

The height of a step greater than 170mm will be difficult to climb for some people with an ambulant disability.

“easy going” step rise

The height of a step 170mm or less will be comfortable and easy to use.

“limited” tread

In general when a stair tread is less than 280mm it is difficult for someone to stand or if necessary to rest comfortably.

“suitable” tread

In general when a stair tread is 280mm or greater it is suitable for a person to stand or if necessary rest.

Doors:

“light to open” doors

A door that is easy to open will have an opening force of 30 Newtons or less.

“heavy to open” doors

A door that may prove difficult to open will have an opening force in excess of 30 Newtons.

Additional terms:

Automatic doors – Unless stated otherwise automatic doors will provide sufficient width to allow a wheelchair user access. The motion of the doors, either swing or slide and the means of activation will be described.

Wheelchair accessible WC – The WC will be typically suitable for a manual wheelchair user. It will have, at a minimum, internal dimensions of 1.5 metres x 2.0 metres, with an external opening door; to allow a wheelchair user and carer adequate space to manoeuvre. More recently constructed wheelchair accessible WCs will be larger, a minimum 1.5 metres x 2.2 metres. If the WC has additional facilities i.e. a shower or changing bench this will be described accordingly.