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Meg calls for end to poverty for disabled people

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is asking the Government to take action as otherwise poverty will be the stark reality for disabled people this winter according to a new report, The Cost of Living with Muscle Disease. The report, published by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, is the result of research into the financial impact of disability on 650 households affected by muscle disease and shows that with the cuts in financial support households will struggle to cover costs.


The report outlines that:

         40% of households struggle to cover necessities including heating, gas and water,

         High usage of fuel due to immobility and health conditions, paired with rising costs, is resulting in quarterly fuel bills as high as 1,000 for some households,

         80% of households say that the current benefits system is not covering the additional cost of living with a disability.


For many of those surveyed having a well heated home is vital for those living with a disability. But this then causes the families to run up high heating and electric bills, which they cannot afford to pay.  This is affecting families who have members that are immobile, on ventilation systems and those who have health conditions that require extra care.


Meg Munn said:


“I am concerned by the information contained in ‘The Cost of Living with Muscle Disease’. It shows the financial problems felt by families living with disability.


I am backing the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s report and will do what I can in the House of Commons for constituents who are in this situation.”


The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is asking for the Winter Fuel Payment to be extended to people who are in the most severe category of disability.  All people in the UK over the age of 60 are automatically entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment regardless of their financial status. With the exception of Cold Weather Payments, there is no financial support for winter fuel available for disabled people.

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