Grants & VAT Options

VAT Relief

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. A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’, if he or she is a person:

  • with a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect upon their ability to carry out every day activities (e.g. conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, heart conditions etc.);
  • with a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes;
  • who is terminally ill.
5% VAT – 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.

Grants for Stairlifts

If you are eligible, your local council may be able to help towards the cost of installing a stairlift and adapting your home. The grant may be means tested and awarded when the council considers that necessary changes to your home will improve your living environment and make life easier. Visit  to find out more information about eligibility and the types of adaptations available to you. Alternatively, contact your local authority.