Help us campaign to reduce debt and financial worries for families

Thursday 24 June 2021

Tags: benefits, counting the costs, money, debt, family finances

We know from calls to our helpline that getting into debt can be a particular challenge for families with disabled children due to extra disability costs and the difficulties of combining work and caring.

In 2018, our Counting the Costs report found that 35% of families with a disabled child had taken out a loan in the previous year (up 9% since 2008). Often families take out loans to pay for essentials like food and heating.

We are keen to know what the situation is today, with the extra impact of the pandemic on family finances. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out our Counting the Costs survey – it has another two weeks to run. 

Your responses will help us campaign for stronger financial support from government.

In the past we have successfully campaigned for better financial support including:

  • We convinced government to scrap its unfair Disability Living Allowance takeaway rule for kids in hospital through a successful legal challenge
  • We pushed the Warm Home Discount Scheme to offer standardised access to low-income

If you are have money worries or need advice on benefits check out our advice and information pages about benefits and money.