Whether buying expensive items of equipment, higher fuel bills, or costly insurance premiums, Disabled people are forced to pay more to live their lives.
Scope’s new report, The disability price tag, reveals that on average, Disabled people face extra costs of £570 a month related to their impairment or condition. For one in five, these costs amount to more than £1,000 a month.
According to Scope, “Marie is just one of many disabled people faced with this financial penalty. She uses a specially adapted wheelchair which needs replacing, but this would cost her £9,000.
“We’re calling on Government, businesses and regulators to all play their part in tackling extra costs.”
Bristol Disability Equality Forum have been raising this issue for several years and welcome this up-to-date evidence.