Disability in the United Kingdom 2016 facts and figures

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An extract from an article by the Papworth Trust.

Key statistics

  • There are around 11.9 million disabled people in the UK. Almost one in five people (19%) in the UK have a disability; this figure has remained relatively constant over time (12.2 million in 2012/13).

  • The prevalence of disability rises with age: in 2012/13, 7% of children were disabled (0.9 million), compared to 16% of adults of working age (6.1 million), and 42% of adults over state pension age (5.1 million). There are more disabled women than men in the UK.

  • In 2014/15, the most common impairments that disabled people had were: mobility (57%), stamina/breathing/fatigue (38%), dexterity (28%) and mental health (16%). Some people had more than one impairment but were asked to identify which one had the most impact on daily life.

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