A female wheelchair user with her guide dog and carer in a supermarket

Rising cost of living

Disabled people are having to choose between eating and heating their homes thanks to rising living costs.

It’s either heat or eat. I live on pasta and noodles. No nights out, no fun. No money for equipment. Stuck at home and socially isolated!

Living on a cliff edge

Kyle is a university student. Rising living costs mean instead of fulfilling his social and academic experience he's having to choose between seeing his friends and heating his home.

"I feel like I’m spiralling out of control in costs. It increases my worries in this cost of living crisis. I’m scratching around for everything - it makes me feel like a scavenger. I’m trying to keep cool about it, but living standards are dropping off the edge of the cliff."

Kyle smiling

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Disabled people should not have to choose between heating or eating. Do you agree?

Over 600,000 disabled people have to live on £10 a week. Could you #SurviveOnATenner?

More to the point - do you want anyone to have to live on £10 a week? Our government can help people on the breadline now.

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Our research

Our research revealed how around 600,000 disabled people already have less than £10 or less per week to pay for food and other essentials.

With food, energy and fuel cost rises set to skyrocket in the coming year, the impact on disabled people could be catastrophic.

See our full findings

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Missing meals

25% of disabled people have missed a meal because they can’t afford it.

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Heating or eating

28% of disabled people had not been able to afford to keep their home warm.

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Depressed and hopeless

55% of disabled people said they felt anxious, depressed or hopeless about financial worries and problems.

What are we calling for

By not increasing benefits in line with inflation this year and effectively cutting support in real terms, the government risks pushing disabled people below the breadline.

Lack of adequate social care is also increasing the financial difficulties faced by disabled people.

This is why we're calling on the government to:

  • Increase benefits in line with inflation.
  • Reverse proposed changes to the Warm Home Discount.
  • Provide better access to social care to boost incomes for disabled people.
Chloe in her wheelchair typing on a keyboard at home