Overall, the impact of restricted finances has more noticeable effect on Newstart Allowance recipients reporting a disability than the general cohort (Chart 20). For example, almost two thirds of respondents reporting going without meals (62%) compared to 47 per cent of the general cohort (Chart 11), 44 per cent had to sell or pawn possessions for additional financial resources compared to 37 per cent of the general cohort (Chart 11), and 31 per cent had to delay rent or mortgage payments compared to 28 per cent of the general cohort (Chart 11).
The level of deprivation in this sub-group is also higher than that experienced by either the general cohort or those respondents in receipt of the DSP. Whilst there are areas of comparability between the different cohorts (Chart 21a,) there are also areas of contrast. For example, Newstart Allowance recipients reporting a disability or health issue, demonstrated significantly worse living standards, are more likely to be unable to afford medical and dental treatment and are more socially isolated that either of the other two groups, with over half being unable to afford regular social contact with friends (53%).