Charity calls for parents caring for disabled children to help build true picture of family finances

Contact A Family logoLeading disability charity Contact a Family is calling on mums, dads and other family members who care for children and young people with additional needs or disabilities to take part in some important research about family finances and the impact of welfare reforms.

Counting the Costs 2014 is a repeat of the flagship survey and report the charity has carried out every two years since 2008. The last survey which was undertaken in by Contact a Family in 2012, revealed that one in seven families with disabled children were missing meals and one in six couldn’t afford to heat their homes.

Una Summerson, Head of Policy at Contact a Family says:

“Since our last Counting the Costs survey two years ago, many of the government’s planned welfare cuts have been implemented. This means the responses to our Counting the Costs 2014 are more important than ever as they’ll help to give us a unique snapshot of families’ current financial situation and whether it is getting better or worse as a result of these changes.

“We will use the answers you give to both raise awareness and lobby for change – particularly as welfare reforms continue to hit families with disabled children hard.”

To get involved and fill out a survey visit

The deadline for completed surveys is the 30th May 2014.

Contact a Family is the only UK charity that provides vital support and information for families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. Last year we helped 320,000 families to access life-changing help. Visit

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