West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has continued her support for disabled people following the disability equality charity Scope’s launch of their Disability Price Tag report, a major piece of research that reveals the extra costs faced by disabled people each month.
Life costs more for disabled people because they have no choice but to spend more on essential goods and services like heating, therapies and equipment.
The Disability Price Tag report shows that disabled people face, on average, extra costs of £583 per month. For families with disabled children, the figure is £581 per month, with almost a quarter facing extra costs of over £1000.
Scope Storytellers met with parliamentarians at the launch event in Westminster to discuss their experiences managing extra costs.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is vital that the UK’s 14 million disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
“I will be working with colleagues in the House of Commons to call on the Government to do more to address the extra costs faced by disabled people in West Lancashire and across the country.”
Adam Smiley, Public Affairs Manager at disability equality charity Scope, said:
“We were really pleased with Rosie Cooper MP’s support. On average disabled people face extra costs of £583 a month and families with disabled children face £581 each month.
“Scope is calling for the Government to put in place a welfare system that recognises extra costs, and provides disabled people and their families with the financial support they need.”
More information on the campaign and the report can be viewed here: https://www.scope.org.uk/campaigns/extra-costs