Grace Eyre has today joined 75 other national and regional disability charities to write to Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling for urgent action to support disabled households through the ongoing cost of living crisis.
The 75 charities are urging the Chancellor to consider that disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the cost-of-living crisis and to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to offer more support.
Specifically, we are asking for:
- All benefits to be uprated at least in line with inflation in the Autumn Statement, as is the norm.
- A UK Government review of how benefits are set and increased, so people can always afford the essentials, and manage the extra costs that come with disability.
- Additional winter financial support targeted at disabled households with higher energy costs.
- Consultation on an energy social tariff under the UK Government’s commitment to develop a new approach to consumer protection in energy markets.
- All support to be promoted and communicated in accessible formats, including in BSL and Easy Read, and compatible with screen reading and magnification software, and to be available at the same time as mainstream formats.
Read the letter in full below and, on 15th November, please look out for and share social media posts on our channels and those of the other charities.