Out of Reach: Benefits for Disabled Children

Publication date: 2006 Format: Paperback, 112 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group
ISBN: 978 1 901698 99 2

Current statistics indicate that over a million children living in poverty are affected by disability. Significant additional costs, low levels of employment and inaccessible benefits contribute to shocking levels of poverty among families with disabled children. Although disability living allowance lifts many families out of poverty, and facilitates access to preventative and support services, too many disabled children still do not get the disability benefits to which they are entitled.

Drawing on interviews with families and a survey undertaken by Contact a Family, Out of Reach argues that better administrative processes and increased take up of disability living allowance would improve the lives of disabled children, enhance their life chances and reduce child poverty. It contains a number of detailed recommendations about how national and local government can improve access to financial support for disabled children. The report concludes that ensuring disabled children receive the benefits to which they are entitled is essential if the Government is to reach its 2010 target of halving child poverty.