Grants for stairlifts
If you are concerned about being able to afford a stairlift you may be able to apply for a grant from your local authority called a Disabled Facilities Grant. If you are eligible your local council may be able to help towards the cost of installing your stairlift and adapting your home. The grant is means tested and 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. For general advice about stairlift costs, view our guide to stairlift prices.
Stairlifts and VAT
Most people are 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:
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 VAT discount on a stairlift?
If you 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.