What the Autumn Statement means for disabled people

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Scope response to the Autumn Statement - what it means for disabled people 

1. Paying the bills

The Chancellor warned today that the next Government will have to look closely at welfare. Scope wants a commitment to protect Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said:

“Life costs more if you are disabled. Scope research shows that this adds up to on average £550 per month.

“Today the Chancellor warned that the next Government will have to look closely at the benefits bill.

“Extra costs make it extremely hard for disabled people to pay the bills.

“We want the next Government to protect extra costs payments - Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

“This support is a financial lifeline for disabled people and their families.”Ends 

Read stories from disabled people about their extra costs

2. Jobs

Scope was looking for more support for disabled people to find work and thrive in work.

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said:

"Disabled people are pushing hard to find jobs and get on in the workplace. Nine in 10 disabled people work or have worked. Yet only half of disabled people have a job right now.

"We need to make sure more disabled people get access to expert, tailored support to find work. Plans for jobs growth must benefit disabled people who want to work and are looking for work.

“We’re pleased to see an additional £3million investment in piloting new ways to help people return to work and a commitment to look at integrating employment and health service budgets in the next spending review.

"We also need to look into how we can make work places more flexible, welcoming environments where disabled people flourish.” Ends

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Warren Kirwan in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200 or email warren.kirwan@scope.org.uk