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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 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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