Disability and poverty in the news
Monday 3rd April 2017
Look out for parent Chantal, and Contact a Family's CEO, Amanda Batten, on the BBC 6 o'clock news tonight talking about why families with disabled children are more likely to be living in poverty.
Chantal will also make an appearance on BBC Breakfast tomorrow, Tuesday, to talk about this important issue.
At Contact a Family we know that families with disabled children are particularly vulnerable to living in poverty. They are more likely to be on lower incomes, due to the difficulty combining working and caring, and to be claiming a range of benefits across the system.
It also costs more to raise a disabled child. Research we carried out for our Counting the Costs campaign showed that more than a quarter of families with disabled children have additional expenses of over £300 every month.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for disabled children and is there to help meet some of the extra costs of having a disabled child. Families describe getting DLA as life-changing. However, take up is low and millions of pounds go unclaimed.
Our DLA infographic shows that the main reasons why families are not making a claim for DLA are often linked to misconceptions about DLA eligibility.
We want to make sure families aren't missing out on millions of pounds of extra income because they don't claim DLA. That's why we have produced a wealth of information about DLA to help you including:
- Our factsheet Claiming Disability Living Allowance for children [PDF].
- Our video challenging the myths around eligibility for DLA.
- Our parent guide Disability Living Allowance: claiming the higher rate mobility component for children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders [PDF].
You can contact our freephone helpline for a free copy of any of our guides or to talk to one of our parent advisers.
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