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 more information.

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. You can can find out more about on the website (see below). You can also call the National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000.

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.

Useful links

Age UK:

If you live in England or Wales:

If you live in Scotland:

For disabled people in private housing:

For local authority tenants:

For Housing Association tenants:

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