Did you know that, on average, people who live with a disability face extra living costs of nearly £600 a month?
At just over £7000 a year and with the current cost of living crisis, how are disabled people expected to live, work, and thrive in the UK?
According to Scope, for every £100 a disabled person earns, their spending power totals just £67.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder that disabled people are disproportionally living in persistent poverty, especially when you consider the fact that disabled people face higher costs of energy bills.
Many disabled people need additional energy supplies for assistive technology such as mobility aids, or for more heat in their home.
Although costs differ from person to person, it’s fair to say that life generally costs more when you’re disabled.
According to Scope, almost all disabled people struggle with not only high energy bills but transport costs, insurance costs and so much more.
These financial struggles often bleed out to their surrounding families and many turn to payday loans in order to fund the current cost of living.
With the cost of living crisis only set to rise in the coming months, many people will be faced with difficult choices when it comes to just surviving, many charities have warned.
And, as the UK prepares for yet another energy bill increase in the coming winter months, many families with disabled members will face severe financial pressure just to survive.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has now also warned the UK government that unless something is done about the cost of living crisis, many families will turn to food banks in order to prioritise medication and other disability aids.
A government spokesperson has replied to this warning, stating that the UK government recognise the pressure of costs, and is looking to give disabled people in the UK a £200 energy bill rebate.
But what else can be done to help the extra living cost of those living with a disability in the UK? Below we’ve added some tips that could help the cost of living.
This means shopping for own-brand products instead of buying brand names. Asda has recently overhauled its smart range to include more products at lower prices. Small swaps like this can save you money in the long run.
Shop with coupons
Although couponing is bigger in America, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t coupon or voucher options here in the UK.
With the likes of voucher extensions such as Honey, you can automatically save money on your online orders.
We’ve also teamed up with Millercare to offer readers a 10% discount with code WEB21. Shop mobility aids, wheelchairs or living accessories with the North’s leading mobility specialist here.
Keep warm with additional blankets
With additional heating costs coming soon, now is the time to save and buy blankets and warmer clothes to keep you going in the warmer months.
If you knit, why not knit something and donate it to local charities? Every little bit helps.