Disabled people are twice as likely to live below the poverty line as non-disabled people and that's before the extra costs of disability are taken into account.
Being disabled or caring for a disabled person may have an impact on your financial situation by:
- Reducing your income
- Increasing your living expenses (such as energy bills)
- Requiring you to purchase expensive items
- Increasing your travel costs
There are several ways to find the additional funds you need:
1. Statutory sources (benefits) including:
- Direct payments contact your Local Authority
- Disabled Facilities Grants contact your Local Authority
- Tax Credits
- VAT Relief on equipment designed specifically for a disabled person
- Personal Independence Payment and other welfare benefits such as Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit
- Vehicle Excise Duty (in some cases)
For more help and information, please contact Scope Response.