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Disability facts for the UK

There are around 13 million individuals in the UK with a disability. Practically 1 in 5 people in the UK have an impairment; this figure has stayed reasonably consistent in time.
- The frequency of disability rises with age: in 2012/13, 7% of kids were disabled (0.9 million), compared with 16% of adults of working age (6.1 million), and 42% of grownups over state pension age (5.1 million). There are more disabled women than men in the UK.

In 2014/15, the most common disabilities that individuals had were: movement (57%), stamina/breathing/fatigue (38%), dexterity (28%) and psychological health (16%). Some individuals had more than one impairment but were asked to recognize which one had one of the most influence on daily life.
- The distribution of disabled people is fairly evenly spread throughout the UK. The North East, Wales, the North West and East Midlands have the highest rates of special needs, while London, the South East and the East of England have the most affordable.
- People from white ethnic groups are nearly two times as likely as those from non-white ethnic groups to have a limiting long-standing illness or disability (20% compared to 11%).
- Disabled people are less likely to be in employment. In January 2016, the UK work rate among working age handicapped people was 46.5% (4.1 million), compared to 84%% of non-disabled individuals.
- 44.3% of working age disabled people are economically inactive. This figure is almost 4 times higher than for nondisabled people (11.5 %).
- The 2 most commonly stated requirements for work amongst grownups with impairments are customized hours or days or minimized work hours, and tax credits.
- The 2 most common barriers to work among grownups with disabilities are a lack of task opportunities (43%) and difficulty with transportation (29%).
- Disabled grownups are nearly 3 times as likely as non-disabled adults to have no formal credentials, 30% and 11% respectively.
- The 2 main barriers to academic chances for handicapped adults are financing (15%) and a health condition, health problem or impairment (9%).
- 19% of families that consist of a disabled individual reside in relative earnings poverty (listed below 60% of mean income), compared with 14% of homes without a handicapped individual.
- The space of people in absolute low earnings in between families where a minimum of 1 member is handicapped and those where no-one is handicapped has increased over the last few years.
- The biggest space is amongst working-age adults in households with at least 1 disabled person (22% compared with 12%).
- The high level of joblessness is the primary reason so many disabled people are in low earnings families.
- Handicapped people pay typically ₤ 550 monthly on extra costs related to their impairment. As a result of these additional expenses, disabled people are two times as most likely to have unsecured financial obligation totalling over half of their family earnings.
- Handicapped men experience a pay gap of 11% compared to non-disabled guys, while the space in between disabled females and non-disabled women is double this at 22%.
- Handicapped individuals experience much lower economic living standards than their peers.
- Disabled individuals face a disproportionate possibility of living in a denied area, and are more likely than non-disabled people to live in poor housing.
- There is a shortage of housing that is particularly designed to meet disabled people's requirements.
- Most of homes in England (84%) do not permit someone utilizing a wheelchair to get to and through the front door without difficulty.
- Transport is the biggest concern for disabled individuals in their local area. Pavement/road maintenance, access, and frequency of public transportation are the most significant concerns.
- It is approximated there are 62,000 special needs motivated hate criminal activities each year.
- The annual cost of raising a disabled kid is 3 times greater than that of bringing up a non-disabled kid.
- 40% of disabled kids in the UK reside in hardship. This accounts for around 320,000 handicapped children, and almost a 3rd of those are categorized as living in 'extreme poverty'.
- Kids in households including 1 or more disabled person are twice as most likely to reside in homes with combined low earnings and material deprivation as those in families without any disabled person (22% compared to 10%).
- 1 in 4 people will experience mental disease in any given year.
- Overall, 1 in 10 adults in Britain experience anxiety at any one time. Around 1 in 20 individuals at any one time experience major or 'medical' depression.
- Almost 4 in 10 people considered disabled people as less efficient than non-disabled people, and 75% of individuals considered disabled individuals as having to be cared for some or most of the time. This suggests a degree of 'benevolent bias' exists to disabled individuals.
- It is approximated that the variety of older disabled individuals is most likely to increase by around 40% between 2002 and 2022, if age related special needs rates stay continuous.
- The World Health Organisation has actually anticipated that anxiety will be the leading reason for special needs by 2020. Mental illness and learning specials needs in particular are anticipated to grow.
- Disabled individuals are disadvantaged in the labour market in all European nations. At the European Union (EU) level, about 47% of disabled people are used, compared to 72% of non-disabled people. The typical work space is 25%.
- Disabled individuals face a greater risk of poverty compared to non-disabled people across all EU member states. At the EU level, 19% of handicapped people deal with the danger of living in hardship, compared with 15% of non-disabled individuals.
- People in nursing/care/retirement facilities and long stay health centers are not consisted of in these figures.

Further reading on disability figures in the UK here

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