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The Disability Price Tag

Scope has updated research for 2019 which reveals the extra costs faced by disabled people and families with disabled children.

Life costs more for disabled people and their families. Spending more on essential goods and services like; heating, insurance, equipment and therapies. These extra costs mean disabled people have less money in their pocket than non-disabled people, or simply go without. Therefore, disabled people are likely to have a lower standard of living, even when they earn the same.

Key findings for disabled people:

  • On average disabled people 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 doesn’t tend to go as far. On average, £100 for a non-disabled person is equivalent to just £68 for a disabled person.

Key findings for families with disabled children:

  • On average families with disabled children 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.

Read Scope - Extra Costs