Sir David Amess today showed his support for disability equality at a Parliamentary event organised by disability charity Scope.
The event launched Scope’s Disability Price Tag report, a major piece of research that reveals the extra costs faced by disabled people each month.
Life costs more for disabled people because they have no choice but to spend more on essential goods and services like heating, therapies and equipment.
The Disability Price Tag report shows that disabled people face, on average, extra costs of £583 per month. For families with disabled children, the figure is £581 per month, with almost a quarter facing extra costs of over £1000.
At the event Sir David met with Scope Storytellers to discuss their experiences managing extra costs.
Sir David said 'It was fantastic to meet Scope Storytellers at today’s Disability Price Tag drop-in. It is vital that the UK’s 14 million disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. We must do more to address the extra costs faced by disabled people in Southend West and across the country”.
Adam Smiley, Public Affairs Manager at Scope, said “We were really pleased that Sir David could attend our event today and show his support. On average disabled people face extra costs of £583 a month and families with disabled children face £581 each month. More needs to be done to address these extra costs.”