Equipment costs contribute to ‘lower living standards’ for disabled people and families

Equipment costs contribute to ‘lower living standards’ for disabled people and families

While specialist equipment can help to vastly raise the living standards of disabled people by helping them to achieve more independence, new research has argued that the significant cost of private services and items mean disabled people have less money in their pocket to enjoy.

Because of lower disposable income, disabled people are likely to have a lower standard of living, even when they earn the same, a new report from disability charity Scope argues.

The research shows that on average, a family with a disabled child would have to pay £581 a month to have the same standard of living as a family with a non-disabled child. For one in five families, these extra costs come to more than £1,000 a month.

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