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Counting the Costs 2010

The financial reality for families with disabled children

Families with disabled children are living under extreme financial pressures.

The UK has just experienced the worst recession since the 1930s and the economic outlook is still unclear. Everyone has been feeling the pinch and some have been financially devastated by recent rising living costs, rising unemployment and poor interest on savings.

Families with disabled children have always had financial difficulties. This is due to a catastrophic combination of the extra costs of raising a disabled child and the difficulty of holding down a job, as well as caring. Many families are forced to live on benefits.