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Food banks become lifeline for disabled people as benefit changes hit

December 18, 2013

Disability Benefits Consortium

Disabled people hit by changes to the benefits system are having to rely on food banks, according to a coalition of disability charities.The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), which is made up of 50 charities and other organisations such as the MS Society, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB, is warning the situation will get even worse as the government implements more changes.

A survey of nearly 4000 disabled people, carried out  by the DBC, reveals that of those hit by housing benefit changes – such as the ‘bedroom tax’ – more than one in ten (12 per cent) have needed to use food banks to feed themselves and their families.

There have also been changes to council tax that have hit some disabled people hard, increasing the amount of money they have to pay when they were previously exempt. A similar number of people affected by those cuts – 9…

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