The disability price tag
Scope's new report reveals that life in 2018 is still much more expensive for disabled people. Whether expensive items of equipment, higher fuel bills, or costly insurance premiums, disabled people face extra costs across many areas of their lives.
Key findings from our research:
- On average, disabled people face extra costs of £570 a month related to their impairment or condition. This is on top of welfare payments designed to help meet these costs.
- For one in five disabled people, extra costs amount to over £1,000 per month.
- After housing costs, disabled people on average spend 49 per cent of their income on disability-related costs.
Marie is just one of many disabled people faced with this financial penalty. Watch her story to find out more about the types of extra costs she faces.
Over the coming months we will be using this report to call on Government, businesses and regulators to all play their part in tackling extra costs.
We are talking about your top tips for saving money on this post, let us know your experiences of extra costs and money saving tips.
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Do you need advice on your energy costs?
Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.