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Information About the DFG and VAT Exemptions

VM Home Lift

The VM is a functional, well priced lift, with a classic design

VE Enclosed Lift

The VE expands on the functionality of the VM, with a wider feature set

Elesse Luxury Lift

The Elesse is designed to be a comforable, modern alternative to the stairlift

SP Step Lift

Our smallest platform lift; not to be underestimated!

LR Platform Lift

A step up in height from our SP, but keeping compact

Liberty Open Lift

Our powerful, customisable, open platform lift

Liberty 3 Lift

A potential 6 meters travel with omnidirectional stopping

PLG7 Incline Platform

A unique incline platform stairlift design

Whether future proofing your home, or making your day to day activities easier, get the help you need to live an independent life.

Disabled Facilities Grant (The DFG)

If you are disabled, you may be eligible for a DFG which is provided by your local council.

This grant can be used to pay for some or all of the necessary adaptations to enable you to stay in your home and improve your day to day activities.

Examples of what the grant can be used for:

  • Improve access to rooms and facilities, e.g. through-floor lift/stairlift

  • Widen doors and install ramps

  • Installation of a downstairs bathroom

  • Provide a heating system suitable for your needs

  • Adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

How to apply for a DFG

You can apply directly to your local council (see the DFG website) or be referred by a Social Worker or Occupational Therapist.

Things to note:

  • A DFG is available in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (in Scotland it's known as an Equipment and Adaptations Grant).

  • A DFG is means-tested, but will not affect any other benefits you receive.

  • Disabled children under 18 can get a grant without their parents' income being taken into account.

  • Both homeowners and tenants can get a DFG, but tenants must have the landlord's permission and intend to stay at the property for at least five years.

VAT Reduction (VAT Notice 701/7)

If you are a person with a disability, have a long-term illness, or are over the age of 60, you may be entitled to a reduction on the rate of VAT you pay on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use.

There are two types of VAT reduction that you should know about:

  • 0% VAT: For individuals suffering from chronic illness or disability. This reduction will cover domestic and personal use

  • 5% VAT Relief: If the person applying is over 60, but is not eligible for 0% VAT, they may get a reduced rate of 5% VAT for certain home adaptations such as Stairlift installations

For more information on this type of VAT relief and to see if you comply, you can read more on the VAT Notice 701/7 website. You can also contact your council or speak to us at Wessex. Our accounts and sales teams have a good understanding of the DFG, having worked with these systems for many years! You can call on 01794 830303 or email sales@wessexlifts.co.uk.