Disability Facts and Figures

Below are some key Disability Facts and Figures; these help us to focus our projects and services


  • Disabled children are more likely to experience bullying at school
  • In 2015/2016, the proportion of disabled people without any qualifications was nearly 3 times that of their non-disabled peers
  • Disabled young people are twice as likely to be ‘not in education, employment or training (NEET)’


  • Only 8% of employers report recruiting a disabled person in the past 12 months
  • In 2015/2016, less than half of disabled adults were in employment compared to almost 80% of the non-disabled working age population
  • Disabled people in Britain are likely to be paid less per hour than their non-disabled peers

Standard of Living

  • Disabled people are more likely to be living in poverty than non-disabled people
  • Disabled people over the age of 65 were twice as likely than non-disabled people to be living in food poverty
  • There is a shortage of adequate housing for disabled people with less than 17% of councils having clear strategies to build disabled-friendly homes

Health and Care

  • Disabled people are more likely to experience health inequalities and are likely to die younger
  • Men with mental ill health are likely to die 20 years earlier and women 13 years earlier than their non-disabled peers

Justice and detention

  • Disability hate crime in 2015/2016 increased by 54% although this could reflect better reporting processes
  • Criminal Justice agencies do not always understand what forms a disability hate crime

Participation and Identity

  • Disabled people are less likely to be in political office and public appointments
  • Disabled people are more likely to face barriers using public transport affecting their independence

For more information on the above, please visit the following links:

  • https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/being-disabled-britain-journey-less-equal
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-disability-issues
  • https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/
  • http://www.papworthtrust.org.uk/
  • https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/contact-us.html