North East Fife Liberal Democrat MP Menzies Campbell is backing a new campaign to make tackling disability poverty a top government priority.
Menzies Campbell has backed a Parliamentary motion supporting a new report from Leonard Cheshire Disability which found that disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people. The report, ‘Disability poverty in the UK’, also found that on average disabled people’s basic day-to-day living costs are a quarter (25%) higher than those of non-disabled people, because of extra expense on essentials such as mobility aids, care and transport.
Commenting Menzies Campbell said “Leonard Cheshire Disability’s report highlights the extent of the links between disability and poverty – I believe that more must be done to break those links. Many disabled people can face additional costs, which can leave those on low incomes having to take impossible decisions about whether they pay utility bills or pay for their care, or pay for food or essential mobility equipment.
“I know from speaking to disabled people and their families in North East Fife that this is an important issue. It simply can’t be right that disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people, which is why I’m backing this campaign.”
Notes to editors:
1. Leonard Cheshire Disability’s report, Disability Poverty in the UK, can be found here www.lcdisability.org/?lid=6367
2. The report looks into many different issues such as the quality of housing, the accessibility of shops, education, employment and income levels in order to assess the extent of disability poverty in the UK.
3. The House of Commons Early Day Motion (EDM 637) supported by [NAME] MP reads as follows:
“That this House notes that the Leonard Cheshire Disability report `Disability Poverty in the UK’ finds that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to live in poverty; further notes that disabled people can experience poverty in a number of ways including financial poverty, poverty of aspiration and poverty of opportunity; further notes that average basic living costs are much higher for disabled people; further notes that disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed and seeking work than non-disabled people and that disabled people who are not expected to work are often trapped in inescapable poverty; believes that the extent of disability poverty in the UK today is unacceptable; and calls on the Government to make tackling disability poverty a priority.”