Disabled people are twice as likely to have been pushed into debt during the cost of living crisis, new research has revealed.
The disability charity Scope has found that almost one in three disabled people (29%) face debt, compared with 16% of non-disabled people.
James Taylor, executive director of strategy at Scope, said: “When disabled people are being pushed into debt and can’t afford to eat, stay warm or shower, it’s clear the system is broken. These figures lay bare the fact disabled people are being hit hardest in this crisis.”
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Scope’s research shows that disabled people face extra costs of £975 a month on average, meaning they are more likely to be pushed into debt or struggle to afford the basics they need to survive.
“Life costs a lot more when you’re disabled,” Taylor added, “and the list of extra costs disabled people face is staggering. People need to use expensive but vital equipment like wheelchairs, hoists and breathing equipment. They face astronomical energy bills to power this equipment.”