We know that life costs more if you’re disabled. Personal Independence Payments (PIP) play a key role in helping disabled people to manage some of these extra costs.
Last week the Government announced plans to tighten up access to PIP. We are concerned that this reduction in financial support will make it harder for many disabled people to live independent and fulfilling lives.
The extra costs of disability
Scope research shows disabled people spend on average £550 a month on costs related to their impairment or condition. For one in 10, these costs amount to £1,000 a month.
The additional costs disabled people face broadly fall into three categories:
- Expensive purchases of specialised equipment, such as wheelchairs or screen readers.
- Greater use of non-specialised goods and services, such as energy or taxis and private hire vehicles.
- Paying more for non-specialised goods and services, such as insurance or higher tariffs for accessible hotel rooms.
These costs have a detrimental impact on disabled people’s financial stability. For instance, disabled people have an average of £108,000 fewer savings