Stair Lift Grants

Stair Lift Grants

This page was last updated on 1 September 2021

Stair Lift Grants In 2021

Stairlifts can change the daily life of people who struggle getting around their home. Unfortunately, they can be expensive to purchase or rent. Before buying a stairlift, it is worth considering whether you might be able to get a grant that could help towards the cost.

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Can you get a free stairlift?

You might be able to get the cost of a stairlift covered through financial aid and a stairlift grant. This is worth looking into if you need statutory funding to be able to afford a stairlift. 

Is it possible to get stairlift grants?

You could be entitled to a local authority Disabled Facilities Grant. The criteria is that someone living in the home is disabled. You can make an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant through using your local authority’s website.

What is the Disabled Facilities Grant for?

The point of The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is to aid local community members in supporting themselves by giving them further financial assistance to buy the equipment they need to live their daily lives and buying equipment that can help them make changes to their property, such as changing the lighting controls or a special heating system, or building ramps. 

Who is able to apply for a DFG?

Three types of people can apply for these stairlift grants, disabled people, their family members and landlords with a disabled tenant. 

Do Disabled Facilities Grants pay for the entire cost of a stairlift?

Your grant application will be means tested, so you might not get any funding, or you might need to contribute some of the cost yourself. The council will consider any household savings worth more than £6,000. You should wait to start fitting a stairlift until you find out the result of your application. 

When are your household savings not relevant?

If you are applying on behalf of a family member who is younger than 19 years old, your savings do not matter and there is a mandatory grant. 

What is the value of a Disabled Facilities Grant?

This depends on what you need, and as different local authorities have different budgets, the amount you can get will vary. In England, a grant can be up to £30,000 to cover stairlifts and any building adaptations the disabled person’s needs. 

The value is 25,000 in Northern Ireland (NI)  and £36,000 in Wales.

Can you get Disabled Facilities Grant in Scotland?

You cannot get these grants in Scotland. If you want to find out about support in Scotland, you should consider contacting Age Scotland.

How will the local council calculate the value of the Disabled Facilities Grant?

Usually, you will have to give two written estimates from stairlift companies stating what work you need to have done, the stairlift model the stairlift provider recommends and how much this will all cost. 

They will also take into account your financial situation, such as if you are on low income or are receiving benefits, whether you have savings and if you are eligible for any other government funded grant. 

What are the preconditions to getting a DFG?

The local council will come look at your home and let you know in writing if they think it needs modification to fit your needs. They will also have to state that they can easily adapt your home for your needs. The most important hurdle to getting stairlift grants is your financial need. 

What are the preconditions to getting a DFG?

The local council will come look at your home and let you know in writing if they think it needs modification to fit your needs.

They will also have to state that they can easily adapt your home for your needs.

The most important hurdle to getting stairlift grants is your financial need.

"The point of The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is to aid local community members in supporting themselves by giving them further financial assistance to buy the equipment they need to live their daily lives and buying equipment that can help them make changes to their property, such as changing the lighting controls or a special heating system, or building ramps. "

Whose financial situation is considered in deciding if you are eligible for a grant?

Financial aid will be calculated as a household income. This will therefore include the capital, i.e. savings, and income of both the disabled person and their spouse or partner. You are unlikely to get a stairlift completely for free, and it is more likely you will get some help towards the cost.

How is the Disabled Facilities Grant paid?

The payment process will vary between local councils, as some will pay the stairlift grant in installments while the work is going on, and others will only pay once the work is finished. The grant can be paid either straight to the contractor, or to the person who then pays them once the work is finished. 

Can you get a local authority grant where the disabled person is your tenant?

You can get disabled facilities grants if the stairlift will be for a tenant in your property. The council must affirm that the mobility aids are necessary and that it is possible for the work to actually be done.

The tenant is only eligible if they plan on staying in the property for at least 5 years, and can be of up to £5,000. If you are seeking additional financial support, the person you are seeking funding for must be planning on staying at least 10 years, and if they move before this time they might have to pay the grant back to the council. 

When do you have to pay the grant back to the local authority? 

If the housing grant is for less than £5,000, there are no conditions to the grant. For grants worth more than £5,000, you will need to sign an agreement stating that you will pay back the grant if you sell the house in under 5 years of completing the home adaptations. 

This will not be applicable where the property is bought by a social services registered social landlord. 

How do you go about applying for a disabled facilities grant? 

You have to contact the local council office. They will then pass you onto either the housing department or the environmental health department. Either relevant council department can give you an application form, which should be completed before starting any work. 

How do you contact your local council?

This is not always as simple as you might expect, as it might be hard to get the right phone number. A website called ‘Stairlifts Reviews’ has created a DFG finder so you can find the necessary contact details for your council. 

What will go into the application form?

Beyond your basic information, you must give justification for the stairlift grants and set out your financial information, which includes your monthly income and how much you have in savings. You will have to disclose if you are on income based jobseeker’s allowance, income support or are receiving pension credit. 

stairlift Grants

What if you struggle with filling out the application form?

If you are not able to fill out the form yourself, you can get free help from your local Home Improvement Agency. 

What will the local council do when they get your forms? 

The local council officer will send the application to an environmental health officer to assess if you are eligible for stairlift grants, and whether it is possible to modify your home. This is important because changes might need planning permission.

After this stage in the application process, the relevant department might offer housing grants or other financial help to you. 

How long should the local authority take to tell you if your application was successful?

This will vary between local authorities, but it can take up to six months to get a decision back. 

How do I get advice through the occupational therapist?

If this is the first time you have worked with an Occupational Therapist before, you should automatically be sent to the social care department. Their opinion will be highly important in the application process to decide if you could make your life easier with a smaller modification than a stairlift. 

How can I get a stairlift through the NHS?

The NHS can help you adapt your home to fit your needs. Which can include installing a stairlift. They will work with local authority. First, there will be a home assessment where an occupational therapist (OT)  will visit you so they can conduct an assessment of your needs. 

This will decide if you should get a Disabled Facilities Grant and from there you can apply for that grant.

How do you get a stairlift from your local social services?

You may be able to get a stairlift organised through your  local council or housing association. You can make a formal application to your local council’s social services department to find out whether you are eligible. The council should then organise your assessment through an occupational therapist.

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Can I get any other funding for my stairlift installation?

Beyond government grants, some other organisations like The Barchester Healthcare Foundation, Independence at Home, SSAFA and the Glasspool Trust can provide stairlift grants and help with other mobility equipment.

It is worth doing your research before paying for your own stairlift, even if it turns out you are not eligible for support.

Charity Grants you can access

Independence at Home

This is a registered charity which can offer stairlift grants to those with long term illness or disability. The grant sum is worth between £200 and £600, which can help with the cost of a stairlift. You can get this stairlift grant even if you get other financial aid.

How do you qualify for an Independence at Home grant? 

You have a financial need in order to get help with the cost of a stairlift from social services. Further, a medical professional like an occupational therapist, specialist nurse or physiotherapist will have to assess your mobility issues and apply for the grant for you. You will normally get a decision back in less than two weeks. 

What does a social worker need to do to get an Independence at Home grant through social services? 

They must write a headed letter to the not for profit organisation stating what the grant will be used for, submit a medical diagnosis and fill out an application form. You will also need to give social services a quote from a stairlift supplier. 

The SSAFA grant

This is a charity that will offer grants to those who were employed by the armed forces. They can help with the costs of improving your home where you have reduced mobility, and other housing grants.

Glasspool Trust

This is a charitable grant that will award small grants towards the cost of mobility aids. You need to be referred by an approved third party organisation and an occupational therapist.

The Barchester Healthcare Foundation 

This is for people over the aged of 65 or disabled people. The grant can be used for improving your mobility and independence, and can be from £100 to £5,000. The application needs to be written by a third party. 

How can I find out which grants I might be eligible for?

You can use the Turn2us website. There is a grants search tool where you can research what grants you might be eligible for. You also could contact your local council. 

Is buying a stairlift exempt from tax?

The purchase of a stairlift could be tax exempt if you fit certain criteria. Those who are ‘chronically sick or disabled’ can get VAT relief as long as the stairlift is for use. within your residence. To get VAT exemption, you will need to complete a User VAT declaration when you get the stairlift at the dealer.

Additionally, people over 60 can get a 5% VAT reduction when they get a stairlift installed in a private dwelling.

How do you get a VAT exemption?

Stairlift suppliers will ask purchasers to fill out a ‘User VAT Declaration’ to confirm whether or not they are eligible. The form needs to include enough information to prove that the purchaser fits all of the relevant criteria. 

This has to be done when you buy the stairlift, as it does not work on a refund basis. The stairlift company will sort out any errors caused by the form, rather than HMRC. 

What is meant by ‘chronically sick or disabled’?

HMRC defines this as being either:

  • A physical or mental impairment that results in a long-term and significant negative impact on your capacity to carry out daily tasks
  • A medical diagnosis that a professional treats as chronic sickness, for example being diabetic. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to get stairlift grants?

You could be entitled to a local authority Disabled Facilities Grant. The criteria is that someone living in the home is disabled. You can make an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant through using your local authority’s website.

What is the Disabled Facilities Grant for?

The point of The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is to aid local community members in supporting themselves by giving them further financial assistance to buy the equipment they need to live their daily lives and buying equipment that can help them make changes to their property, such as changing the lighting controls or a special heating system, or building ramps. 

Do Disabled Facilities Grants pay for the entire cost of a stairlift?

Your grant application will be means tested, so you might not get any funding, or you might need to contribute some of the cost yourself. The council will consider any household savings worth more than £6,000. You should wait to start fitting a stairlift until you find out the result of your application. 

What is the value of a Disabled Facilities Grant?

This depends on what you need, and as different local authorities have different budgets, the amount you can get will vary. In England, a grant can be up to £30,000 to cover stairlifts and any building adaptations the disabled person’s needs. The value is 25,000 in Northern Ireland (NI)  and £36,000 in Wales.

 

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