16 March 2016
Disability charity Scope responds to today’s Budget, in which the Chancellor confirmed changes to disability benefits.
Mark Atkinson, chief executive at disability charity Scope said:
“Today the Chancellor confirmed benefit changes that will make many disabled people’s lives harder.
“We know disabled people are very worried and our helpline has received many calls from anxious disabled people.
“Life costs more if you are disabled – Scope research shows that they add up to on average £550 per month.
“Half of disabled people say that they have struggled to pay the bills because of the extra costs of disability that they face.
“We urge the Chancellor to think again and consider the impact these moves have on the lives of disabled people.”
Previous research by the charity shows disabled people are struggling to make ends meet.
Half of disabled people say that they have struggled to pay the bills because of the extra costs of disability that they face.
One in ten having turned to a cash or pay day loan.
Disabled people are twice as likely as people to have unsecured debt totalling more than half of their household income, are three times more likely to use doorstep loans and have, on average, £108,000 less in savings and assets.
If you’re worried about how these changes will impact you, Scope’s Helpline can be reached on 0808 800 3333.
Notes to the editor:Spokespeople and case studies are available. Please contact Scope’s press team on 02076197200.
1. Polling of 1,004 disabled people by Opinium, carried out 6 January 2015
2. Disabled people and financial well-being– credit and debt, 2013