Contact a Family have just launched their latest research Counting the Costs 2012 Following a survey they conducted earlier this year.  Findings show that families are going without essentials, such as food, heating and clothing, and getting into debt before the full impact of benefit cuts is felt.

  • 58 per cent of families fear their financial situation will worsen in the next year – up 15 per cent since 2010.
  • The majority (73 per cent) cited welfare reforms as the main reason for their fear.

As a result of this, Contact a Family is calling on the government to exempt families with disabled children from cuts to financial support and to target additional support to families through Universal Credit when they publish the detail of the new single monthly payment. They have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the financial hardship for families with disabled children. and urge you to take action now!