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  • JenT
    VAT relief
    Just to be clear on the VAT relief, strictly speaking you don't get goods or services VAT free just because a disabled person uses them. The items have to have been made or designed specifically for people with disabilities. My son uses a lot of special needs equipment and the rules are quite strict. If it's soft play matting which any child would buy/use you can't get the VAT off, but if it's a communication device which has been designed for someone who can't talk then you can get the VAT off.
    Even if a company doesn't offer this service you can direct them to this website which gives them all the info they need to action it on your behalf.
    http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel= pageImport_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000184&propertyT ype=document

    It's also worth bearing in mind that if you order disability goods from abroad you can use this same exemption to avoid paying import duties!
  • ladyesmereldaprice
    airport special services
    Dont forget, if you are registered disabled you can use the special services at airports and dont forget to mention disability when booking flight tickets as disabled seating is available on most flights. Services are available from foreign airports for return journeys but probably need to be pre-ordered or some airlines will book ahead from the plane.
    • portlandboy
    • By portlandboy 30th Jun 10, 12:25 PM
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    portlandboy
    VAT-free purchases for disabled people.

    In reality, this is only useful in outlets that specialise in mobility and other products to help the disabled. PCs are excluded from the offer, or so a couple of PC dealerships have told me. However, it can also be used when purchasing a NEW CAR. The car has to be adapted on the dealer premises (at your expense) prior to it leaving the showroom.

    Details here:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/Taxreliefandreductions/DG_10028495
    Originally posted by JayWalker
    Just like to highlight the bit about the car having to be adapted. This is not strictly true. I have mobility problems and got the VAT off of a new car without any adaptions at all. In fact, the car only had to be "suitable or adapted for the purpose of carrying disability aids" i.e. my wheelchair. Any car large enough to serve the purpose of carrying disabled aids can have the VAT removed if it is to be used by the claimant. So if the car fits your situation, it can qualify for the relief. And all dealers have access to the VAT relief forms, even if they say they don't!

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    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 30th Jun 10, 12:28 PM
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    50Twuncle
    What about "Automatic" cars as opposed to "Manual" cars - is this a great enough adaption ?
    I drive an automatic rather than a manual - I doubt very much whether I could return to a manual...
  • melcmgr
    Congestion charge exemption
    If you look on the congestion charge website you can download a form that the disabled person fills in. For a payment of 10 you are then exempt from the charge. You can nominate any vehicle you drive or are travelling in at the time.

    If the taxation class of your vehicle is 'disabled' - any vehicle can be changed to this even if it has no adaptions- you do not pay the congestion charge.
  • robynprincess
    windsor swimming pool offers free swim for disabled AND their carer. you have to live in the borough though
  • atkinson2410
    Info for disabled people/carers living in Leeds and national discount cards too!
    I work for Leeds city council as an information officer for disabled children and their families/carers and just ran an article about a variety of discount cards and activities. The main cards are:

    Metro Bus Pass: contact metro on 0113 222 4444 for information about a concessionary pass for a companion to travel at a discounted rate as well as the disabled person!

    Cinema card at ceacard.co.uk has already been mentioned

    Sports centre concessions, just call in to a local council sports centre and a carer will be admitted in to a swimming or gym session with a paying disabled child/young person. New centres are opening up around the city and are really quality.

    Bowling discounts at hollywood bowl. Just call 0113 279 9111 for more info from the kirkstall road bowling centre and ask about their 'H' card

    Hope this helps and if you are interested in more you can read the full article in A Brighter Future magazine on thefamilyhubleeds website

    Last edited by Former MSE Lee; 06-07-2010 at 10:57 AM. Reason: get link
    • Artycards
    • By Artycards 30th Jun 10, 12:57 PM
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    Artycards
    Bristol Zoo off a good reduction of the carer goes free and the disabled person is cheaper.

    Carer and Disabled get in for 7.50 each at Monkely World...easy to get around too for the disabled as it is all tarmarced walk ways. You can also borrow a motorised scotter to get around on. (Check their web site for more details)

    Aberglasney Gardens (South Wales) offers reduced rates and carer is free ( I think)

    Andrea xx
  • mrosy321
    in Cardiff The Milenium theatre dissabled people can go to any show with a carer free so its buy one get one free
  • potato_pizza
    I work with young people who have learning disabilities and we have discovered that a huge number of places will admit carers for free. Recent examples include the London Eye and the London Aquarium. Just ask!
    • portlandboy
    • By portlandboy 30th Jun 10, 1:24 PM
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    *Most* of these discounts appear to be available to disabled people who live in London/SE - What about those of us who live out in the sticks (South West) ?
    Originally posted by 21Twinkle
    MOST of these discounts apply to everyone across the country, you just have to travel to use them. For cheaper travel, disabled tickets have been mentioned and these apply to everyone too. Local councils offer discounts for use of their own facilities and for council tax, again across the country. VAT discounts apply throughout the UK, cinemas are national and their offers are similar everywhere. BT offer the 195 service to all who need help with the phone directory and utility companies offer "social tarrifs" to those who qualify, no matter where they live.
    I take advantage of many of the above, including discounts totalling about 200 for a weekend in London that I recently booked ( Lion King Show, train travel, hotel etc.). You do need to ask, as nobody hands them to you on a plate, but they are available to all.
    Regards,
    Portlandboy,
    DORSET, in the South-West

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    • adoreholidays
    • By adoreholidays 30th Jun 10, 1:39 PM
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    hi,can you tell me how to apply for the merlin discount card,or for the disability award
    Originally posted by tatmadpink
    You can do them at most of the attractions you will need evidence of disability i.e. DLA award letter and maybe diagnosis evidence we done ours at madame tausauds they kept our details on file so easier to renew but depends on where you live and where it is easier. Initial cost is 150 but they always do good renewal prices i.e. 100 but remember this is for 2, you willl be issued with one for disabled with another also with the picture of the disabled but says carer of. So I use this when we go and my husband bought his with tesco rewards vouchers for 37.50 these you have to redo every year you don't get renewal rates using tesco vouchers. You also need evidence from a doctor that you are unable to que to use the bands etc at attracions. You can find more details on Merlin Annual Pass site sorry not techno to post links
    • portlandboy
    • By portlandboy 30th Jun 10, 1:42 PM
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    portlandboy
    What about "Automatic" cars as opposed to "Manual" cars - is this a great enough adaption ?
    I drive an automatic rather than a manual - I doubt very much whether I could return to a manual...
    Originally posted by 21Twinkle
    If you are registered as disabled and the use of an automatic car (which is not classed as an adaption but an "option") is related to your disability, then yes it does. Otherwise no.
    For example, if you have only the right leg, or loss of feeling in your left foot etc. and cannot use the clutch pedal safely, you can apply for the VAT relief but if your disability was maybe heart-related, making it difficult to walk any distance, then this is unlikely to qualify. But do ask the dealer, it is them who have to be sure that the application for relief is valid as well as the claimant.
    We chose a small 4x4 because it is easy to get out of and has room in the back for my wheelchair and this qualified, without any adaptions, as it suited my disability.
    Hope that helps.

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    • lisa110rry
    • By lisa110rry 30th Jun 10, 1:46 PM
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    lisa110rry
    Care and repair offer a handyman scheme in my area for over 60's or disabled persons, it's free but a small donation is nice.
    Originally posted by Blackpool_Saver

    Gosh, really????? I wonder if that's just Blackpool or elsewhere in Lancashire? I have to say it really riles me that because I've not learned to be "handy" now that my husband is ill and receiving DLA I have to get workmen in to do the smallest things at great cost!

    My first priority would be to get the ground floor lavatory back in working order!!!! It would save him struggling to get up the stairs.

  • BambinoBee
    First ever post...Being a young person who's disabled I think I have some good knowledge to share!! Firstly I go to loads of gigs and they all seem to offer either a discount rate for you and a carer, or a carer can go for free. Wembley Arena/Stadium, the 02 and even the big festivals all do this and generally have great access - you usually get a great viewing spot!

    I've been to Wimbledon a couple of times and again you can get a carer for free either by queing on the day (which i did last week and managed to nab brilliant court 1 disabled seats for 47 for me and my carer) or by applying before December in the disabled ballot. Simply google wimbledon disabled ballot for more info.

    If you want free stuff, you can go and watch TV shows being filmed for free such as X Factor, QI or other programmes and you get to jump the que and again, get really good seats. Applause store is a great source for loads of different shows, or the BBC and the access is always good for disabled people. I managed to get tickets for X Factor last year and they were very helpful.

    Also, i'm not sure if this has been mentioned but Access to Work are a government source who help with any needs for work; such as help with travel expenses or any specialised equipment you may need. For example I have help with taxi expenses as I'm not able to use public transport so I pay 0.87 per journey. They run across the country and they will be able to assess your needs.

    My general mantra is: don't ask, don't get as nowadays most places offer discounts of some sort for disabled people. Hope these help!
    Last edited by Former MSE Lee; 06-07-2010 at 10:58 AM. Reason: get link
  • lazyoldbag
    Getting repairs done
    Gosh, really????? I wonder if that's just Blackpool or elsewhere in Lancashire? I have to say it really riles me that because I've not learned to be "handy" now that my husband is ill and receiving DLA I have to get workmen in to do the smallest things at great cost!

    My first priority would be to get the ground floor lavatory back in working order!!!! It would save him struggling to get up the stairs.

    Originally posted by lisa110rry
    Try your local borough council. Subject to certain criteria they have money available to help pay for some repairs and even the installation of a new toilet from scratch if its needed. Worth a chat to find out!
  • SuzySF
    very interesting stuff - repeatedly it says take proof of disability - well I am classed disabled but have no visible disability, and having been repeatedly challenged of my use of disabled parking, and asking if Disabled get concessions at various places, and trying to explain my illness, the last time I renewed my Blue Badge the lady at the council solved the problem. This may be peculiar to Powys County Council in Wales, but they issued me with their acceditation and gave me a small credit card type card stating I was physically disabled, a registration number, and contact numbers for them so they could be contacted to confirm the holder is who they say they are etc. This has proved incredibly useful, and saves showing DLA entitlement as this states how much money you get too, other ppl dont have to show their wage slips for things as proof !
    ask you council if they have such a scheme
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always recieve lots
  • ruffian
    Race courses
    We have benefitted at Haydock and Aintree Racecourses from carers going free. It doesn't work for the Grand National Meeting but that's a bit busy anyway.

    Our son, who is in a wheelchair, is under 16 so gets in free but his carer does as well so helps to contribute to the sick horses fund, except that we don't know that they are sick when we back them.
  • sair69
    free carers ticket at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley West Sussex
    book any seat for a disabled visitor (wheelchair or not) and that you require a second seat for their carer and the carer goes free - great for comedy, music, panto etc etc. You have to be exact and say the second seat is for their carer or they charge you for 2 seats!! They are also helpful in finding seats near lifts or without steps etc.
  • home-ed2
    50% discount
    the disabled person and their carer can get 50% off at cheddar caves, they just took a letter showing we received d.l.a.
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