Services for Disabled People in the UK

In the United Kingdom there are many people that are suffering from disabilities. The disability may be visible or unseen, and it may be a result of an accident or injury or genetics. Whatever the reason for the limitation, everyone deserves compassionate treatment and help with their conditions. 

 

Medically, there are many things that can be done to help a person with a disability. Sadly, many of these services have long waiting lists and are geared at changing the person rather than helping. Because the medical industry is so focused on change instead of help, many people with a disability find themselves lacking the essential thing that can help them function in everyday life. 

 

Social help, however, is much more effective at providing lasting improvements to the lifestyles of those with a disability. In the United Kingdom, there are many charities and social organizations whose focus is on making the lifestyles of those with a disability better and ensuring their equality in society. 

 

For example, social help does not see someone in a wheelchair as a person needing spinal treatment. Social help views this person as someone who needs equal access to buildings and accommodations in their homes so that they can function at the same level as everyone else.  

 

Disability Services in The UK 

 

As the government continues to make cuts in the National Health Service and waiting lists continue to grow, many people with a disability find that they are moved to the end of the list for treatment and care. It is the goal of social services to help make sure that disabled people are: 

 

* Seen and treated equally by everyone and not limited by their disability 

* Encouraged to enhance their strengths and talents to contribute to their own well-being 

* Promote the independence and inclusion of those with disabilities 

* Make sure that those with a disability have the right to choose the services and care based on what they need instead of blanket services that may not help 

 

The medical industry often focuses on disabled people as a problem that needs to be fixed. It is vital that a person with a disability is treated as a human being with strengths and weaknesses like everyone else and is a functioning part of society. 

 

It All Starts with One Person 

 

To be an inclusive society, we must begin with ourselves. If you are disabled or have a disabled loved one, take a moment and reflect on how you feel about the situation. Are you approaching the disability as a problem that needs to be fixed? Disabled people do not want to be "fixed." People who are disabled want to be equal and have the same opportunities and access as everyone else.  

 

To make changes for the better in society, we each must take the necessary actions ourselves to influence a change. Once the transition begins, the results will be amazing. 

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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).