Tony Molloy has worked in public services, including the delivery of disabled adaptations for more years than he
cares to remember. As a Development Manager at Foundations his role is to encourage the development of home
improvement agency services, but also to ensure that the government’s increased commitment to the DFG
programme is well spent and used creatively. These twin objectives are achieved in many ways including
presentations, roadshows, meetings, use of social media, or whatever else works; spreading good practice is the
mantra. He trades in ‘the art of the possible’. An Environmental Health Officer by background, he has also worked
in the voluntary sector, for a private company, and on a self-employed basis.
The mandatory DFG can be restrictive for authorities that want to innovate in how and who they reach with the funding. The Regulatory Reform Order(2002) enables authorities to use the BCF DFG monies for wider purposes; the session will talk through the process of setting a new policy, giving examples of areas that have
already incorporated the Order within their Private Sector Housing Policies.