Disability should not cost families so dear

Lisa Fox and her son with Michael (right) promoting the campaign.
Lisa Fox and her son with Michael (right) promoting the campaign.

Michael Connarty is supporting a charity which has highlighted cash problems for families with disabled children.

The Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP is backing Contact a Family’s Counting the Costs campaign.

Contact a Family is a UK charity that offers advice, information and support to families – regardless of their child’s disability or health condition. It links families to reduce their isolation.

In one of the biggest surveys of its kind, with over 3500 respondents, Contact a Family investigated the financial situation of families with disabled children.

And it revealed a sharp rise in families going without heating and food, leading to some disabled children and their families suffering ill health.

Thirty-three per cent of respondents said they regularly go without heating and the number going without food has nearly doubled since 2012 (up from 16 to 30 per cent).

Of those who said they were going without and in debt, 22 percent said their child’s health had worsened as a result and 64 per cent said that it had led to their own health suffering.

Mr Connarty said: “It’s hard to believe families with disabled children are going without essentials like heating and food.

“I support the charity’s call to lower energy bills for disabled children, affordable childcare and getting more families seeking advice on their finances from trusted places like Contact a Family.”