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Life can be expensive, at the best of times.
As the prices of most necessities continue to rise, too often we can all feel overwhelmed when it comes to our own mounting expenses.
But for disabled people the cost of living can be far higher than most of us would imagine.
New research from Scope shows that after housing is taken in to consideration, half the money in disabled people’s pockets goes on disability-related costs alone.
Scope’s findings reveal that disabled people pay a financial penalty in life on everyday living costs – on average £570 per month, with one in five paying over £1000 extra per month. This is even accounting for the impact of Personal Independence Payment, the benefit designed to counteract these extra costs.
These extra costs mean that disabled people are left with less money in their pocket than non-disabled people. Shockingly, each pound a non-disabled person spends is equivalent to only 67p for a disabled person.We know from talking to disabled people that these costs can range from £1,200 for a special reclining chair to £600 for a spare battery for an electric wheelchair. However, extra expenses can also include spending more money on clothes, which can be rubbed and worn down quickly by wheelchair use, or having to pay for taxis everywhere to avoid inaccessible public transport.