The cost of living crisis is hitting disabled people the hardest with almost three million facing an average support shortfall of £367 a year, a new report has found.
The disability equality charity Scope has warned of a total shortfall in financial support of £1billion, due to the failure to increase benefits in line with inflation.
According to the charity and National Energy Action the number of disabled people thought to be in fuel poverty in March 2022 was 900,000 – and it is expected to increase to 2.1 million by the end of the year.
As the energy price cap hike hits, the charity is calling for urgent financial support to prevent more disabled people being plunged into poverty.
Based on inflation rates from last September, benefits have been uprated by 3.1 per cent. However, as the Bank of England is forecasting average inflation of 9.5 per cent over the upcoming year, Scope is warning that the gap will be the equivalent to a shortfall in support of up to £505 for those who face the highest living costs.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 10 per cent of disabled people are now borrowing money from friends and family to make ends meet.