25 July 2022 – London, UK: 50 disability charities, including Sense, Contact and the National Autistic Society, have written to the two remaining candidates in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative party, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, to call on them to ensure disabled people are “put at the heart of any plan they make as leader to address the cost of living crisis”.
The letter, signed by members of two major disability coalitions, the Disabled Children’s Partnership and Disability Charities Consortium, highlight the disproportionate impact the cost of living crisis is having on disabled households, with research* by the charity Sense revealing that over half of disabled households are in debt, with nearly a third admitting to skipping meals to save money .
The letter in full:
25th July 2022
Dear Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss,
Re: Support disabled people through the cost of living crisis
Congratulations on reaching the final stage of the Conservative leadership contest.
As the CEOs and leaders of 50 charities we are calling on you to put disabled children, adults and families and the unpaid carers who support them at the heart of any plan you make as leader to address the cost of living crisis.
While everyone is impacted by the current economic situation, disabled households are often hardest hit because of their circumstance. Many are in poverty, less likely to be in full-time work and face additional costs for essentials like specialist equipment, heating, insurance and therapies. Research has found that over half of disabled households are in debt, and nearly a third admit to skipping meals to save money.
Recent steps to support disabled children and adults have been welcome, but they are short term solutions for a long-term issue. With over 14 million disabled people living in the UK today this isn’t something that can be ignored. We hope that you will personally commit to tackling the inequalities that disabled children, adults and their families face.
Richard Kramer, CEO Sense, on behalf of:
Alex, The Leukodystrophy Charity
Ambitious About Autism
Batten Disease Family Association
Business Disability Forum
Chailey Heritage Foundation
Child Poverty Action Group
Contact – for families with disabled children
Down Syndrome UK/Positive about Down Syndrome
Down’s Syndrome Association
Include Me Too
National Autistic Society
National Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Sebastian’s Action Trust
SNAP (Special Needs and Parents)
Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
The Children’s Hyperinsulinism Charity
The Children’s Trust
The Maypole Project
Together For Short Lives
Tuberous Sclerosis Association
Notes to editor:
***The research conducted by Censuswide, on behalf of Sense. 2,008 disabled people and families across the UK were surveyed between 01.06.2022 to 08.06.2022.
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