The Government must reduce the #ExtraCosts faced by disabled people

October 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm / by

Extra Costs faced by disabled people

Disabled people face a surcharge of £550 per month, or £6500 per year, simply to live with dignity and independence.

Approaches to reducing extra costs have been fragmented, and imbalances in the market mean that the day-to-day costs facing disabled people remain higher than they need to be.

On 13th October 2016, I held an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, calling on the government to take the necessary steps to make life more affordable for disabled people.

Addressing a number of policy areas, including housing, transport and the digital economy, I urged the Government to implement the recommendation of Scope’s Extra Costs Commission and to meet commitments already enshrined in Labour’s 2010 Equality Act.

Disabled people deserve the same life opportunities as non-disabled people, and by taking action on Extra Costs – the Government would signal its intent to support such a principle.

My full speech in the debate can be viewed below: