How do I apply for a stairlift grant?
If you are looking for a grant for stairlifts in the UK, you will need to check if you are eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant. Your local council will be able to help towards the cost of installing your stairlift and adapting your home. A grant is awarded when the council considers that necessary changes to your home will improve your living environment and make life easier. Visit the Direct.Gov website to find out more information about eligibility and the types of adaptations available to you. Alternatively, contact your Local Authority.
Can I get a discount when buying a stairlift?
Some people may be eligible for zero rated VAT when purchasing a stairlift. There are two types of VAT exemption which provide discounts to chronically ill and disabled people and seniors over 60.
0% VAT - If the person applying suffers chronic illness or is disabled, then this total exemption from VAT will cover them for domestic and personal use. Chronically sick or disabled means the following:
A physical or mental impairment, which has a long term and adverse effect upon the ability to fulfill everyday activities.
A condition that is medically certified as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes.
A person who is terminally ill.
5% VAT relief - If the person applying is over 60, but is NOT eligible for 0% VAT, they can get a reduced rate of 5% VAT, for the supply and installation of a stairlift. This reduced rate only applies to stairlifts in domestic circumstances.
Am I eligible to get a discount on a stairlift?
If you need help with stair lift costs and would like to check the conditions for VAT relief, you can view notice 701/7 VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue & Customs website. Or you can call the National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000.
Form to apply for 0% VAT on a stairlift
The person applying must be sure of their VAT relief eligibility before completing the declaration. The products ordered must be for that person only, or installed in a domestic situation.
Download the stairlift 0% VAT eligibility form (PDF)