A Lanarkshire MP has called on the UK Government to take action to support those with disabilities during the cost of living crisis.
MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on the matter and calls on the government to work directly with disabled people and charities to tackle the inequality of extra costs.
Mrs Fellows, the SNP spokesperson for disabilities, said: “Simply put, it costs more to be disabled. Those with disabilities must pay for specialist equipment and have higher usage of everyday essentials and energy.
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“With food inflation at a 40 year high and energy costs through the roof, many disabled households are seeing their living standards plummet.
“The Tory Government’s failure to take meaningful action to provide additional support to those with disabilities, coupled with an inadequate welfare system, has meant that the government have been complicit in plunging thousands of disabled households into poverty.”
Research from the Resolution Foundation found people with disabilities had an available amount to spend that was about 44 per cent lower than that of other working-age adults, exposing them hugely to the rising cost of essentials.
A spokesperson for the government said it was committed to protecting the most vulnerable and that it recognised disabled people face additional costs.
In addition to one-off cost of living payments, disability benefits would increase in-line with inflation from April.
The spokesman continued: “We have a range of initiatives to help disabled people start, stay and succeed in work, including tailored work coach support, to help boost incomes further.”
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