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Cost of living crisis: Scope responds to Chancellor's Spring Statement

Scope has responded to Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement, outlining the Government's approach to rising inflation and a cost of living squeeze.

James Taylor, Director of Strategy at disability equality charity Scope said:
“Amid the worst cost of living crisis in decades, we’re bitterly disappointed that the Chancellor hasn’t announced direct support for disabled people.
“The Chancellor has shown a distinct lack awareness that life costs more if you’re disabled. Many already face sky-high bills from needing more energy to charge vital equipment, or extra heating to stay warm.
“We hoped to see benefits rise in line with inflation and VAT receipts used to target support to disabled people who need it most. This hasn’t happened.
“Many disabled people are facing a real terms cut to their benefits, just as prices ratchet up and energy bills soar. This statement will leave many who rely on benefits worse off.
“The expansion of the Household Support Fund will provide some relief, but like the rise in National Insurance thresholds and a cut to fuel duty, it’s not targeted at disabled people.”

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