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  • #73586
    Funding for home lift

    Hi guys,

    I wanted to know about any funding for having a lift fitted at our home? We have had a few estimates at a cost of around £15’000 which is a lot of money.
    I have read some stories online and a video on youtube about local councils aiding with funding, is this done a lot or is it very select cases?

    Would be greatful for some assistance, although a lift will be going in regardless!

    Regards,
    Sag

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    #79802
    Re: Funding for home lift

    I think that the way that local councils may help is in the form of a Disabled Facilities Grant. But these are means-tested, so there will be a lot of assessment and form-filling-in…

    More here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/HomeAndHousingOptions/YourHome/DG_4000642

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    #79800
    Re: Funding for home lift

    A number of years ago I used my local council to get my bathroom transformed into a wet room. At the time I was working part-time and had very very limited savings. I got a grant from my Borough Council and a top up grant from the County Council and had to contribute approximately 10% of the total cost. The bathroom refitting was organised through the Borough Council.

    However there was a stipulation that if I left the property [ie sold and moved on] I would have to repair that grant. It was a sliding scale of repayment amount and after 5 years it was cancelled altogether.

    The financial side was a breeze compared to the less-than-ideal system of council/tenders/contractor/fault resolution debacle that followed. :roll:

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    #79801
    Re: Funding for home lift

    Just thought .. do any of your family members work [or have worked] for any large companies? Some big multinational companies have schemes where they issue charitable grants for such items.

    If the item is needed to help a child could things like Children In Need or other child orientated charities help?

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    #79803
    Re: Funding for home lift

    Thanks for the replies guys, just to let you know whats happened so far.

    I spoke to Leicester City Council about a Disabaled Facilities Grant and they said they could only help managing stairs was with the installation of a stair lift and not a platform lift.
    They suggested I apply for a “Community Care Grant”, so this will be me next port of call.

    Will keep you all updated. Sag :)

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