Disability Price Tag

Our research reveals the extra costs faced by disabled people and families with disabled children.

The 2019 report updates our 2018 information and for the first time includes figures on the extra costs of caring for a disabled child.

Disability Price Tag policy report 2019 (PDF, 1.95MB)

Disability Price Tag technical report 2019 (PDF, 590KB)

Disability Price Tag policy report 2018 (PDF, 367K)

Disability Price Tag technical report 2018 (PDF, 604K)

Key findings 

Disabled people

  • On average, face extra costs of £583 a month
  • On average, a disabled person’s extra costs are equivalent to almost half of their income (not including housing costs)
  • 1 in 5 disabled people face extra costs of more than £1,000 a month
  • Disabled people’s money does not tend to go as far. On average, £100 for a non-disabled person is equivalent to just £68 for a disabled person.

Families with disabled children

  • On average, face extra costs of £581 a month
  • For almost a quarter (24%) of families with disabled children, extra costs amount to over £1,000 a month.

Campaigning to tackle the financial penalty of disability

We’re calling on Government to tackle the extra costs faced by disabled people and their families. We need action in 4 areas:

Universal Credit (UC)

  • Use the trial of ‘managed migration’ to ensure disabled people do not lose access to financial support as they move to UC
  • Work with disabled people and disability organisations to develop new components within UC to offset loss of support
  • Work with families and disability organisations to ensure disabled children receive support to help meet extra costs.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

  • Reform the PIP assessment to accurately capture extra costs faced by disabled people.

Warm Home Discount

  • Reform core eligibility criteria so that support can be more effectively targeted at disabled people.

Read Out in the Cold, our report on higher energy costs.

Early Intervention and Family Resilience fund

  • Set up an Early Intervention and Family Resilience Fund. Investing in emotional support for the whole family at the point of diagnosis.

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