This research has highlighted that people with physical disability face four layers of disadvantage:
- Low incomes mean struggling to afford electricity;
- Disability brings additional general costs (eg, wheelchairs, special food, medication);
- Disability brings additional energy costs; and
- Disability can inhibit people realising benefits from traditional energy efficiency measures.
This paper focuses on the third and fourth layers noted above and suggests some short and medium- term actions that can be taken in relation to energy policy so as to reduce the risks of disadvantage faced by people with physical disability.