Disability statistics

This page brings together some of the headline statistics, produced by the UK government, about people with a disability, or limiting long-term illness or impairment.

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By age

There are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability. The prevalence of disability rises with age. Around 6% of children are disabled, compared to 16% of working age adults and 45% of adults over State Pension age.

Source: UK Government Family Resources Survey.

By impairment type

The most commonly-reported impairments are those that affect mobility, lifting or carrying.

Note: Totals will sum to over 100 per cent as respondents can be affected by more than one impairment type.

Source: UK Government Family Resources Survey

By region

In 2013/14 the North East had the highest percentage of disabled people at 23% of the local population. Inner London had the lowest at 14%. The East of England had 19%, the same as the average for the UK and England.

Source: UK Government Family Resources Survey

By employment

27% of disabled adults are in paid employment (employed or self-employed). 42% are retired. 2% are looking after family/the home. 1% are students. The remainder are unemployed, permanently or temporarily sick or otherwise inactive.

Source: UK Government Family Resources Survey

Post-19 qualifications

Disabled people are around 3 times as likely not to hold any qualifications compared to non-disabled people, and around half as likely to hold a degree-level qualification.

Suffolk Coastal comparisons

For households with dependent children Suffolk Coastal (3.8%) was below the East of England (4.3%) and England (4.6%) totals.

However for households with no dependent children Suffolk Coastal (22.6%) was slightly higher than the East of England (20.3%) and England (21%).

Source: ONS Neighbourhood statistics