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Families with disabled children forced to borrow.

Summary: Families with disabled children are being forced to borrow money to make ends meet, a report has revealed.

Families with disabled children are struggling to afford food and heating and are being forced to borrow money to make ends meet, a report has revealed.

Nearly one in four parents with disabled children go without heating, while 14 per cent are going without food, according to charity Contact a Family.

A further 51 per cent of those questioned said they had borrowed money from family or friends to pay for essentials, up from 42 per cent in 2008.

Four out of 10 families had applied to a charity for a grant and 73 per cent said they had gone without days out and leisure time with their family, while 68 per cent had gone without holidays.

The group said the financial difficulties parents with disabled children face are the norm for them, and are not something brought on by the economic downturn.

Around 60 per cent of parents do not work due to the difficulties of juggling employment with caring. Many said they wanted to return to work but struggled to find flexible working and affordable childcare, with 45 per cent saying they would have to pay more for childcare because their child is disabled.

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Date:Jul 12, 2010
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