Report: Disabled People in UK Unable to Afford Heating and Food

    Report: Disabled People in UK Unable to Afford Heating and Food
    Last updated Jan 05, 2023
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    • A new report has found that disabled people in the UK are among the hardest hit by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.[1]
    • The Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank, said on Wednesday that more than 40% of people with a disability in the country could no longer afford to keep their homes warm compared to 23% of the non-disabled population.[1]
    • The foundation also found that almost half of the disabled adults polled said that they're having to reduce their energy usage, and 31% reported having to reduce their food spending.[2]
    • The foundation said that while recent government support will help millions in the short term, further action will be needed.[2]
    • The report combined statistical analysis with a new YouGov survey of nearly 8k working-age adults, with more than 2k saying they have a long-term illness or disability.[3]
    • The findings indicate disabled people account for 23% of the working-age population, up from 17% in 2013. The report also noted disabled people are far more likely to be poor than the rest of the population.[3]


    Pro-establishment narrative

    The government recognizes the vulnerability of people with disabilities, and is doing its utmost to offer support during the cost-of-living crisis. It has already launched a series of initiatives that include work support and extra disability benefits.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    The support offered is not enough to offset the rising costs in the long-term. More policy work is needed to close the enormous income gaps that have existed far before this crisis between disabled people and the rest of the population.

    Establishment split