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ONS Releases Data on Disabled People

02 December 2019

Office for National Statistics Releases Data on Disabled People in the UK

Today (December 2) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released a series of datasets exploring the experience of disabled people in the UK, drawn from existing surveys and datasets. The data covers 7 different areas:

  • Disability and well-being: Average well-being ratings of disabled and non-disabled people in the UK, with breakdowns of year, impairment type, impairment severity, age, sex and country.

  • Disability and employment: Employment outcomes for disabled adults, with analysis by age, sex, impairment type, country and working patterns using Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS) data.

  • Disability and loneliness: The proportion of disabled and non-disabled people in England who feel lonely “often or always”, with breakdowns of year, impairment severity, age and sex.

  • Disability and education: Annual data on the highest level of qualification attained by disabled and non-disabled people aged 21 to 64 years. Analysis by age, sex, impairment type, impairment severity and country.

  • Disability and social participation: Tables for the proportion of disabled and non-disabled people in England who participate in civic engagements; social action; volunteering; and groups, clubs or organisations, with breakdowns by year, impairment severity, age and sex.

  • Disability and housing, UK: Housing outcomes for disabled adults, with analysis by age, sex, main impairment type and country using Annual Population Survey (APS) data.

  • Disability and crime: Proportions of adults aged 16 to 59 years that experienced domestic abuse and sexual assault by disability status in England and Wales. Analysis by country, age, sex and impairment type. 

There is a lot to look at, but we have created several graphs to visualise some of the things we found interesting at a first glance. There is loads of data available, and we will be taking a look through more of it when we get the opportunity. 

Disabled people are much more likely to be victims of domestic violence:

 

Unemployment rates for disabled people have fallen, but they lag behind non-disabled people in every age group:

 

 

Disabled people are less likely to own their own home, and are much more likely to live in socially rented housing:

 

Disabled people are much more likely to report being lonely:

 

Disabled people are more likely to engage with democratic processes (excluding voting):

 

 

Disabled people report higher levels of anxiety and lower levels of wellbeing: