Key Facts about Disabled People in the UK

When you have a disability, it may feel as if you are alone. The truth is, there are many people in the UK that are managing some type of disability. Understanding the facts and figures about disabilities in the UK can empower any person, family, or organization. 


General Facts About People with Disabilities 


* One in five people in the United Kingdom has a disability. This is equal to about 13.5 million individuals. 


* Only 17 percent of people who have a disability were born with that disability.  


* Disabilities are more prevalent in people over pension age. Children account for seven percent of those with disabilities and working adults account for 18 percent. 


* There are over 2 million people with sight loss disabilities in the UK.  This number is anticipated to increase to almost 2.5 million by the end of 2020. 


* Over 10 million people suffer from hearing loss, with at least 2 million people requiring a hearing aid. Almost 60 percent of these individuals are over the age of 60. 


Children with Disabilities 


* There are over 800,000 children under the age of 16 living with a disability. 


* The most common forms of disabilities in children include emotional/behavioral, learning disabilities, breathing and stamina difficulties. 


* Nearly all of the children classified with a disability are cared for at home by family members. 


Working Population 


* Over 3.5 million people with a disability are now employed in the UK. This is an increase of a million people in just 10 years. 


* The employment rate for people with a disability in the UK is at 46.5 percent. This is compared to 84.5 percent of people without a disability. 


* People with disabilities in the workplace are anticipated to increase over the next 10 years as the Baby Boom population ages into their 60's. 

Care Providers 


* The average age of a person providing care to a person with a disability is 50. 


* 6.5 million people currently provide care for someone with a disability.


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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).