charles47 wrote:The survey results are here: Contact a Family
Key findings include:
â€¢Almost a quarter are going without heating (23%). Up from 16% in 2008.
â€¢One in seven (14%) are going without food. Down from 16% in 2008.
â€¢More than half have borrowed money from family or friends (51%) to keep financially afloat or pay for essentials, such as food and heating. Up from 42% in 2008.
â€¢More than 40% have applied for a charity grant. Up from 25% in 2008.
â€¢Almost three quarters (73%) are going without days out and leisure time with the family. Up from 55% in 2008.
Interesting findings given the current political climate.
charles47 wrote:You can argue the same for CUK reports, Excalibur, or any other charity. For that matter, most Green Papers use selective methodology to push a particular agenda.
I'm sure any suggestions on methodology would be welcome.
AspieMum wrote:The only way to cover everyone is to put the survey in a census everyone in the whole country has to fill in.
Sparklingtechie wrote:I must be the odd one out. Since having DLA as well as carers for my 2 disabled childrenIno longer hae to worry that I can't afford the heat or food. Granted I do not drive so I save costs there and I was fortunatly to have claimed for Steven when they still did back pay and I got a fair bit and put it in the bank, where it still is. Yes I still have to replace furniture etc more often than families without disabiled children (due to older ones distructive tendencies) and yes there are holidays I have to pay in full (and takes a while to save up)as even with disabiled kids I don't get any kind of allowence, but over all compared to 10 years ago when I was getting nothings more than income support life has improved at least 50% finacially. but not once in these 10 years have we goen without the basics of food water and heating...oh that reminds me *pay water bill today*.
Scally wrote:Thats right, and of course there have to be boundaries between what is a disability and what isnt, in terms of the impact on both costs and ability to earn (directly or indirectly through caring). Its also inevitable that these definitions will be subject to regular revision by successive governments, and in the light of medical science. For example awareness of conditions such as CFS or Asbergers Syndrome are fairly recent, historically speaking, and people with this condition may have been wrongly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all in the past.
I think living on unemployment benefit, income support, housing benefit etc is just about possible but it must be incredibly tough for childless single people or couples in that situation. Those with children receive child benefits and tax credits, which form a very significant boost to income, and are generally a bit better off. Those on minimum wage jobs are often not really much better off working at all, the huge difference comes when there is a decent earned income coming in to the household as well as disability benefits. And income is closely related to education, and ideally to being in a good relationship as a couple - single parents will always struggle.
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