Help with rising costs of living for disabled people

This page gives information about how people with complex disabilities can get help with the cost of living crisis. It covers the short-term help from the government and benefits you may be entitled to. 

We know that disabled people and their families are at breaking point. 

Life already costs more for disabled people. The cost of living crisis means that over half of disabled people are now in debt, with a third skipping meals to save money. 

If you or someone in your family has complex disabilities, life is likely to cost even more. You’re not alone. There are 1.6 million people with complex disabilities in the UK.

On this page:

What the government is doing to help with the cost of living crisis 

The Chancellor has announced the following ways the government will help

  • £650 tax-free will be paid to eight million low-income households who receive means-tested benefits. This includes Universal Credit, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, working tax credit, child tax credit and pension credit. 
    • The money will be paid automatically – you won’t have to apply – and will not count towards the benefit cap
    • You’ll receive it in two payments, with £326 paid by the end of July and £324 in the autumn. 
  • £150 will be paid to six million people on non-means-tested disability benefits. This includes Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance. 
    • This payment will not count towards the benefit cap, and will not affect any existing benefit awards. 
    • It will be paid in September. 
  • £400 reduction in energy bills for all households in autumn 2022. 
    • You don’t need to apply for the discount. Your energy supplier will reduce your bill by £400 from October. 
  • Pensioner households will receive an extra £300 this year. 
  • £500m of local support will be available via the Household Support Fund. 
  • When benefits are increased in April 2023, it will be at the level of the Consumer Price Index in autumn 2022 as usually happens each year. 

The government will also give local authorities additional instructions to make sure those most in need of support get support, including anyone not eligible for payments through benefits. 

The financial support announced by the government offers temporary relief. But we know that you need long-term financial support to address the ongoing challenges you face. 

So, we’re calling for the government to do more to make sure disabled people and those most exposed to rising costs get the support they need during this crisis.