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Charity supports disabled people with cost of living

lower part of a man wearing pyjama botttoms
lower part of a man wearing pyjama botttoms Image credit: news.sky.com

A thousand families with disabled members are set to receive a £500 charity grant to help them with the cost of living.

The financial support will be handed out by Sense who say they hope other charities will become involved.

CEO Richard Kramer made the announcement on the BBC's Access All podcast, he said: "What people want now is money in their hands to pay their bills." 

His charity decided to help disabled people with the rising cost because "families were telling us they couldn't pay their energy bills, they were cutting down on essentials and they were getting into debt.

 "We needed to do something positive and practical to put more resources into the hands of disabled people."

This is the first time Sense has given money directly to families since the charity was launched over 60 years ago.

Grants will be offered to families across England, Wales and Northern Ireland who are put forward by professionals they work with.

Kramer said: "Families are now saying 'we're going to have to leave clothes soiled because we need to save on energy.”

The charity has heard from families having no choice but to confine their disabled children in one room because they can not afford to heat the whole house.

Energy bills cover energy supplies, meter readings and maintenance along with operating costs and any relevant discounts