Disabled people pay £550 cost of living 'penalty'

A new commission has been launched into why disabled adults pay around £36 billion a year on extra costs due to their disability.

It comes after new research found people pay a "financial penalty" of an average £550 per month when it comes to living costs.

The study from Scope suggests one in ten people with a disability pay £1,000 extra per month.

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Disabled people 'paying more for same lives as others'

Research from Scope found disabled people pay £550 per month extra on living costs each month. Credit: Reuters

Disabled people are "having to pay more than they should just to live the same lives as others", the chair of a new independent commission into living costs says.

City businessman Robin Hindle Fisher, who will lead the new Commission on Extra Costs, says markets aren't working efficiently enough for disabled people.

The commission will seek to find out how to get disabled consumers a better deal on anything from taxi fares and energy bills to wheelchairs.

The extra costs disabled people pay have a direct impact on living standards, prevent many from contributing fully to their local communities, and from doing many of the things most of us take for granted.

– Robin Hindle Fisher

Disabled people pay £550 'penalty' each month

A commission has been launched into why disabled adults spend around £36bn a year on extra costs due to their disability.

It comes after new research conducted with ITV News found people pay a "financial penalty" of an average £550 per month when it comes to living costs.

The study from Scope suggests one in ten people with a disability pay £1,000 extra per month.

The organisation's Priced Out report also found that disabled people:

  • Are twice as likely to have unsecured debt amounting to more than half of their household income
  • Are three times more likely to use doorstep loans
  • Have £108,000 fewer savings and assets than non-disabled people on average
  • Have smaller pension pots - among 55-64-year-olds, non-disabled people have on average £125,000 more in private pension savings
  • Are often turned down for insurance - six in ten rejected for cover said it was because of their disability.

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