Disabled people are much more likely to live in poverty than non-disabled people. The government is reforming almost the entire benefit system at once. It is changing the rules on many benefits which disabled people rely on, so that fewer people will be able to get them. This is having a severe effect on disabled people’s incomes.
Over 1 in 10 say they have regularly gone without meals, and 1 in 5 say that they could not pay a gas, electricity or telephone bill on time and/or had missed a payment for their mortgage or rent.
Here you can find out about all the campaigning work we have done to fight to make sure disabled people get the money they are entitled to. Some battles have been won along the way, but many are still ahead of us.
Our recent campaigning on benefits includes:
- successfully campaigning for disabled people to keep the money they get to help with their travel costs
- changing the language used in the new government benefit assessment for Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
- telling the prime minister to protect disabled people from the spare room subsidy (also dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’)
- worked with other organisations through the Disability Benefits Consortium to look at the effects of the recent benefits changes on disabled people