Hey guys hope you are all well and had a great pancake day yesterday. I did, had lots of tasty pancakes with Nutella. Yum.

Below is a link to a very powerful video. It shows the struggle for people with disabilities finding work and why it is important that they do.

About 15% of the world’s population is made up of people with disabilities (which is more than a billion people), and 80% are of working age. Unfortunately, however only 20% of females who have a disability and 53% of males are present in the workplace!!!!!!!!

Video from BBC News Page “The power of the ‘purple pound’ explained”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39040760

So, the purple pound refers to the amount of money that is spent by people who have a disability, and if more people with disabilities were present in the work place then the UK economy would benefit as they would spend more money. I can believe that people with disabilities spend on average over £550 more a month. With having an impairment there are many factors that cost you more than someone who doesn’t have an impairment, for example you may need equipment to help you as well as carers to support you. I have my power chair, my hoist and breathing equipment that uses up electricity that has to be paid for. Also, when I go on holiday or even weekends away there is equipment that I need to hire out as my equipment at home isn’t portable. The BBC covered a lot about work places and disabilities last week called Disability Works which looked at people with various impairments who have found a way to work with their disability. Here is a link to articles that are available to read on the BBC News page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability.

Another big impact for allowing the purple pound to be spent and helping the UK economy is ACCESSIBILITY!!!!!! This is an issue that the readers out there who have followed my blog from the start or just read other blog entries that I have posted will know is a very big part of my struggle being a wheelchair user. One thing about me is that I am a shopaholic. I love going around the shops in Dundee and anywhere else I am visiting. When I talk about accessibility I don’t just mean being able to get into a shop, although that is a one of the main issues. Shops that are within shopping centres are 9 times out of 10 going to be accessible because they are level access however, it is shops that are situated on the high street that are usually the problem as most of the time they are listed buildings. I apologise if it feels like I talk about this matter a lot but it is a pet hate of mine and I just don’t understand why businesses don’t supply a ramp as the purchase of one would so be beneficial as it opens your consumer market up to so many more people. But there’s also another accessibility issue is the size of a shop and the space within it to get around. If a shop is to cramped and I am not able to easily look at the items on sale I will usually leave as I am frustrated and I feel like a bull in a china shop. I am worried I might break something that is for sale or even knock into someone from the public. Tills are another concern of mine as most till points are quite narrow and if we get called to anyone that isn’t the first one I struggle to get past other customers and usually just get my helper to go up for me. Also, how many chip and pin machines are at wheelchair height ???? and don’t even get me started on bank cash machines.

Anyway, I feel like I have gone on for ages so I will go for now and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week. Please don’t forget to like my page on Facebook if you haven’t already or you are able to subscribe to my blog by typing your email in the text box at the top of this page at the right-hand side.

2 thoughts on “The Purple Pound”

  1. Claire.
    Just stumbled across your page, I’m in a chair too so technically wasn’t a stumble, I don’t mean to be picky but you wrote life costs on average £550 a year in your article on the purple pound. I think this is supposed to be a month.

    1. Hi Mick, haha I see we share the same disability humour. Very well spotted, I don’t know why I didn’t see that myself as I proof read every blog post numerous times. I will go change that right away. Thank you.

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