DISABLED people are nearly three times as likely to be in food poverty as those who do not have a disability, an equality organisation revealed yesterday, prompting concerns that disabled people are being “left behind.”
The alarming report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that disabled people in Britain also face barriers to jobs, education, housing and health services.
The EHRC accused the government of failing the disabled community as 18 per cent of disabled people aged 18-64 are living in food poverty compared with 7.5 per cent of the non-disabled.
This shows that disabled people are almost three times as likely to struggle to buy food as the rest of the population.
On top of this, the report also revealed that 59 per cent of households that included children and a disabled person were considered to be in in-work poverty in 2014-15, compared with the average rate of 20 per cent.
There are 13 million disabled people in Britain and the government must tackle the inequalities they face, it added.
EHRC chairman David Isaac said: “While at face value we have travelled far, in reality disabled people are being left behind in society, their life chances remain very poor and public attitudes have changed very little.”
The disability charity Scope branded the situation “shameful.”
The bedroom tax — which charges social housing tenants for having spare bedrooms — has affected disabled people disproportionately as nearly half of housing benefit claimants affected by the charge have a disability.
The EHRC highlighted a shortage of suitable housing for disabled people across Britain. It found that less than 17 per cent of councils have plans to build disability-friendly homes.