Is £10 enough to feed you for a week?

If you live in the UK, you will have found it hard to hide from the news in recent months with regard to the cost-of-living crisis.  With worldwide events, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and the war in Ukraine, the UK is seeing huge price hikes, not just for luxury items but for everyday essentials. 

The last year has seen a huge rise in fuel costs, food and essential items.  With energy bills at their highest and predicted to rise again this winter, everyone is feeling the crunch.  This could have a possible catastrophic impact on disabled people. 

A gas stove with fire licking up the sides of the steel rods.
A gas stove turned on, a picture courtesy of Pixabay.

In the UK, it is estimated that approximately one in four disabled people of working age are struggling to pay for everyday things such as food and energy prices. 

Leonard Cheshire have conducted research in the UK based on the last 12 months with 1207 disabled people of working age (18-64) being surveyed.  The results are astonishing and show how approximately 600,000 people with a disability live on less than £10 a week to pay for food and other essentials. 

The survey, carried out this year, in February 2022, claims that around a quarter of those surveyed hadn’t been able to put the heating on in their homes or had skipped meals and gone hungry because they could not afford to eat.  Up to 30% of people had to ask for help financially from family and friends. 

Leonard Cheshire have openly said that the government are risking disabled people being pushed below the breadline.  This is due to the change in the Warm Home Discount scheme which has cut eligibility for nearly 300,000 disabled people and also by not increasing benefits in line with inflation in the next year. 

The research has been shared on an article by Disability Talk, with them saying “The mental health impact of financial pressures on disabled people is stark. Over half (55%) said they felt anxious, depressed or hopeless about financial worries and problems” 

Resources: 

Disability Talk: RISING COSTS ARE A CATASTROPHE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE | Disability Talk 

Leonard Cheshire: Rising costs are a catastrophe for disabled people | Leonard Cheshire