Money and budgets
Uncovering the true cost of the budget cuts
"It's a worry – all the time – not having enough money to survive." Albert, a disabled man in his late fifties
Swingeing cuts to state support and services are hitting disabled people from all sides. The Coalition Government's welfare and public spending reforms are taking their toll on the well-being of disabled people and their families, and making it harder to take part in everyday family and social life.
Many families of disabled people tell us they are struggling to make ends meet. Multiple cuts to their benefits and services they rely upon have made things worse; many have lost thousands of pounds in vital financial support.
The Government should seriously consider assessing the effects of multiple reforms hitting disabled people and their families all at the same time.
To find out more about how the cuts are affecting disabled people, download our Destination Unknown reports, in which we follow the plight of several families, as the cuts take effect.
Changes to Disability Living Allowance
It can cost a lot more to live in our society as a disabled person. The support disabled people receive to help them cover these costs will soon change significantly as DLA is replaced with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment. We're really concerned that some disabled people could lose out as a result of this change, and so are pushing the Government to ensure the new welfare benefit takes into account the full range of extra costs faced by disabled people.