Sussex Study calls for Disabled People & Carers to Share Experiences of the Impact of Cost-of-Living.

Independent Lives, a disability charity operating in Sussex and Croydon, was commissioned by the NHS to lead on this research project, which they hope this will help them show decision makers what would make difference.


Independent Lives works with a steering group made up of disabled people and carers to find out the best ways to capture and present the information the study will produce.

Potential participants are invited to share their experiences by completing a brief ten-minute survey. They can also provide photo or video evidence illustrating the impact of the cost of living on their lives. Participants whose photos and videos are used in the final study will receive a £5 gift voucher.

Additionally, individuals can put themselves forward for consideration to participate in recorded interviews to share their experiences in exchange for a £25 voucher.

The project's findings will be shared with the NHS to contribute to future health policy decisions across England.

Rebecca Smicle, chief executive of Independent Lives, stresses the importance of input from disabled individuals and carers regarding the impact of the cost of living on their lives:

“We’re really keen to hear from disabled people and carers on how the cost of living has affected them and their lives. We already know that life costs more when you’re disabled, we now have an excellent opportunity to show decision makers what would make a difference.”

The survey is live now and runs until Friday 8 December. To take part, please visit

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