Grants & VAT Options

Stairlifts and Lifting solutions can be a great way to improve independence and mobility for people with disabilities or mobility issues. However, they can also be expensive. Luckily, there are a number of grants and VAT options available to help offset the cost.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of grants and VAT options that are available for Stairlifts and lifting solutions. We will also provide some tips on how to find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits.

VAT Relief

Most people are eligible for zero rated VAT when purchasing a stairlift or lifting solution. 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 or lifting solution. This reduced rate only applies to lifts 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 solution 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.

With a stairlift grant you can gain independence at home without paying the full cost for the mobility equipment you need, they may be able to help towards the cost of installing your stairlift and adapting your home. Disabled Facility Grants are government funded grants from your local authority. To check your eligibility and for further information you can visit the website or contact your local authority to find out more about the application process.

AdaptMyHome has a helpful tool which allows you to check how well your home supports your needs, whether you could benefit from some adaptations to help you stay independent and check your eligibility for disabled facility grants.

In conclusion, there are a number of grants and VAT options available to help offset the cost of a stairlift or lifting solution. If you are considering a stairlift, be sure to do your research and see if you can qualify for any of these benefits. This could save you a significant amount of money and make the stairlift more affordable.
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