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UK: Families with disabled children struggling to survive.

Posted 15/7-10 at 18.31

A report from the charity Contact a Family claims that financial difficulties have become the norm for families with disabled children. Current economic problems have worsened the situation.

One in four parents with disabled children go without heating, 14% go without food and 51% of those questioned said they had borrowed money from family or friends to buy essentials - an increase of nearly 10% from 2008 figures.

Srabani Sen , the charity's CEO, said, ‘Everyone has been hit hard by the recession but families with disabled children were already having to cope with a harsh combination of extra living costs and the difficulty of holding down a job and caring.' Minister for disabled people, Maria Miller, offered reassurances, saying the welfare system for disabled families is being reformed and simplified.




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