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Poverty and Discrimination Are on the Rise

Poverty and Discrimination Are on the Rise

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Poverty and discrimination experienced by disabled people are on the rise, according to a survey conducted by Leonard Cheshire Disability.

John Knight, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: "Disabled people are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people. Our survey reveals that disabled people are continuing to have very low levels of income, very low levels of savings and are clearly struggling to meet even the basic costs of living."

The Disability Review 2009 shows that almost two thirds (63%) of respondents were in fuel poverty, compared to 11% of the general UK population. Failing to heat homes properly can cause pain, raise stress levels, and increase the likelihood of someone developing anxiety and depression.

The report also found that disability discrimination continues to exist across a wide range of other areas including:

- Crime - 9% of respondents report they have been the victim of disability hate crime. - Employment - 43% of respondents believe that they have been turned down for a job or jobs because of their impairment, a rise of 7% from 2008. - Education -35% of respondents believe that teaching staff had a negative attitude towards them because of their impairment. - Social care - 50% of respondents who are living in poverty and need social care support are having to pay towards their social care, in some cases covering all of the costs of their care.

"Disability hate crime can destroy lives and must not be overlooked. The fact that 9% of respondents report they have been the victim of hate crime is deeply worrying. There is a clear need for more robust identification and recording of disability hate crimes, better support for disabled people who are victims of crime and improved access to justice,” Knight demanded.

"With disabled people entering the recession on a profoundly unequal footing to non-disabled people, the need for a government strategy to tackle disability poverty is now more urgent than ever”, he added.; Source: Leonard Cheshire Disability

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