Report finds disabled people pay a penalty on everyday costs

  • A report by Scope has found that disabled people are paying a "financial penalty" of £550 on everyday living costs.

    The costs derive from needs for specialist equipment and having to pay out for things like taxis instead of public transport. On average people with disabilities are £100,000 worse off when it comes to pensions and savings.

    Priced Out, the report, features data from the DWP and organisations including the London School of Economics, Save the Children and the National Housing Federation, reports the BBC.

    Scope have said that 17% of people with disabilities paid £800 a month more than able-bodied people each month on everyday living costs.

    Scope chief executive Richard Hawkes said: "Disabled people and their families already have to buy things, like specialist equipment, that most families don't have to budget for. Sometimes their condition means they have no choice to use more of something, like heating. But this situation is being made worse because disabled people and their families also pay more for the everyday."

    The charity says it has heard "shocking stories" which includes people with disabilities being charged double the price for a taxi and £31 for a modified cutlery set.

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