Key Facts About Disability in the UK

 In the UK, there are over 13.3 million people that are considered to be living with a disability. This accounts for one-in-five people having some type of disability. A medical condition does not have to make you unable to work or unable to care for yourself to be considered a disability. In many cases, a disabled person simply needs the assistance of a medical device to get through their daily routine.  


Some interesting facts about disability in the UK include: 

 

• Only about 17 percent of people with a disability were born with the condition. Most people acquire a disability later in life. 

• Pensioners have the highest amount of people with disabilities at 44 percent. Children under 16 have the lowest amount with 7 percent.  

• One out of 20 children under the age of 16 has a disability in the UK. This equals 800,000 children. 

• Almost every child with a disability lives at home. 

• The most common disability for children age 16 and under is social or behavioral problems followed by learning disabilities and then breathing problems. 

• The average income of a family with a disabled child is often lower than the average family income. At the same time, the cost of raising a child with a disability is three times more expensive than that of a child without disabilities. 

• 46.5 percent of all disabled adults are employed. 

• 308 out of every 1,000 people in the UK are over the age of 65 – representing 11.8 million people. There are 1.6 million people over the age of 85. 

Facts about Disability Equipment 

 

• Over 1.9 million households have at least one person that feels as if they need an assistance device in their home to help with their medical condition. The most common devices include: 

o Rails for assistance with standing or sitting down 

o Toilet seat attachments 

o Bath or shower seat 

o Shower stall to replace a bathtub 

• Mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters have significantly increased in demand over the last decade and are anticipated to triple in demand over the next ten years as more Baby Boomers reach their golden years. 

• Hearing and speech aides account for 20 percent of the disability equipment market. 

• Artificial limbs, joints, implanted hearing aids and eyes now account for nearly 18 percent of disability assistance equipment. 

• Every year new technology is emerging that allows for more devices to be made that help people with disabilities remain independent. 


Whatever your disability, Aids 4 Mobility has several options for assistance devices.  We're happy to answer questions and appreciate you considering our products.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).