The Costs of Being Disabled

Money Box

By BBC Radio 4

The Costs of Being Disabled

There are nearly 14 million disabled people in the UK and a report from Scope has found they have to pay an average of £583 every month to have the same living standards as someone without a disability. Inevitably, the costs of mobility aids and having to use certain public transport will add to the monthly outgoing. But what are some of the less obvious, or hidden, costs of having a disability? How does it all add up? And what can be done to mitigate these costs? Presenter Lee Kumutat and our guests discuss these questions and more as we hear from disabled people and their parents about how their disabilities cost them extra money, limits their access to financial institutions, and holds them back from independence. in this Money Box Live special we won't be taking calls in the programme but would still love to hear your thoughts and experiences which you can email to moneybox@bbc.co.uk. Guests: Jessica Leigh, Policy and Campaigns manager at Scope Dr Miro Griffiths, Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds Helen Undy, Chief Executive of Money and Mental Health Presenter: Lee Kumutat Producer: Drew Miller Hyndman Editor: Emma Rippon
The Costs of Being Disabled
The Costs of Being Disabled
Money Box