Disabled can’t afford power bill: report

MORE than 40 per cent of people with a physical disability are going without essentials in order to pay their power bills, new research shows.

This is despite the fact 75 per cent of those with a disability have a condition that requires them to heat or cool their living space.

The findings of the report, released on Monday, highlight the inequity experienced by people with disability when it comes to power use and pricing.

The report’s author Carolyn Hodge, senior policy officer at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), said there were about 1.1 million people in NSW with a physical disability.

“A substantial number of these people use electrical aids and equipment to assist with mobility, communication, breathing and life support,” she said in a statement.

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