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Counting the Costs 2012

The financial reality for families with disabled children across the UK

Counting the Costs 2012, is a report based on an online survey carried out between 20 February and 11 March 2012. It was made up of open and closed questions. It is a repeat of a survey carried out by Contact a Family in 2008 and 2010, and some of the same questions have been used to enable comparison. However, additional questions were added to the 2012 survey on changes to the benefits systems in light of welfare reforms. We also wanted to find out how families with disabled children are feeling about claiming benefits. This was prompted by negative stories in the press about disabled benefit claimants.