Income and Disability
People with disabilities are at a higher risk of being in poverty. People of working age who have a disability are two and a half times less likely to hold a job than are others. In each and every age group, there is a significant employment gap. So people with a disability are more likely to depend on social welfare as their main source of income.
Research for the NDA published in 2004 regarding Disability and the Cost of Living has looked at the extra costs of disability, including medical care, transport and disability aids. So the income of a disabled person generally has to stretch further. The NDA has backed the case for a Cost of Disability payment and has argued this must not be just restricted to those on social welfare levels of income.