Cost Of Living 

It’s undoubtedly great news that the Price Cap for energy suppliers is to be fixed at £2,500 for two years from October 2022, rather than spiralling to potentials more than double this – which is in addition to the £400 per household already pledged by the government – but there are still a great many financial challenges being faced by many families with disabled children.

At Newlife we know that families with a disabled child face extra costs of £581 per month, and with the cost of essentials (food, heat, rent) increasing it means that families are having to make difficult financial decisions daily. While the Chancellor’s announcement of a one-off £150 grant to disabled people was a welcome start, we are asking if this enough to prevent more disabled and terminally ill children slipping in to poverty? This question is one of many we are raising with Ministers at an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to discuss key concerns and come up with joint solutions.

As the Government get’s back to normal after a period of mourning for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we expect to have a clearer understanding of what the new government intends to do about the Cost of Living crisis, and in particular what they propose to do for vulnerable families, in the near future.