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There are around 11.9 million disabled individuals in the UK. Nearly 1 in 5 individuals in the UK have a special needs; this figure has remained relatively consistent gradually.
- The occurrence 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 grownups over state pension age (5.1 million). There are more disability ladies than guys in the UK.
- In 2014/15, the most common problems that disabled individuals had were: movement (57%), stamina/breathing/fatigue (38%), mastery (28%) and mental health (16%). Some people had more than one disability however were asked to identify which one had the most effect on every day life.
- The distribution of individuals is fairly uniformly spread throughout the UK. The North East, Wales, the North West and East Midlands have the greatest rates of impairment, while London, the South East and the East of England have the lowest.
- Individuals from white ethnic groups are nearly twice as most likely as those from non-white ethnic groups to have a restricting enduring disease or special needs (20% compared to 11%).
- Individuals are less likely to be in work. In January 2016, the UK employment rate amongst working age disabled individuals was 46.5% (4.1 million), compared with 84%% of non-disabled people.
- 44.3% of working age disabled individuals are economically non-active. This figure is nearly 4 times higher than for nondisabled individuals (11.5 %).
- The 2 most commonly mentioned needs for work among adults with problems are modified hours or days or decreased work hours, and tax credits.
- The 2 most common barriers to work among adults with problems are an absence of task chances (43%) and problem with transportation (29%).
- Disabled grownups are nearly 3 times as likely as non-disabled grownups to have no formal certifications, 30% and 11% respectively.
- The 2 primary barriers to academic opportunities for handicapped adults are financing (15%) and a health condition, health problem or problems (9%).
- 19% of households that consist of a disabled person reside in relative earnings hardship (below 60% of mean earnings), compared with 14% of homes without a disabled person.
- The gap of people in outright low income in between families where a minimum of 1 member is disabled and those where no-one is disabled has increased over the last few years.
- The biggest gap is amongst working-age adults in families with at least 1 disabled person (22% compared to 12%).
- The high level of joblessness is the main reason why many disabled individuals are in low earnings households.
- Disabled people pay typically £550 per month on additional costs associated with their special needs. As a result of these additional costs, disabled people are twice as likely to have unsecured financial obligation amounting to majority of their family earnings.
- Disabled males experience a pay space of 11% compared to non-disabled guys, while the space between disabled ladies and non-disabled females is double this at 22%.
- Disabled individuals experience much lower financial living standards than their peers.
- Disabled individuals deal with a disproportionate possibility of living in a denied area, and are most likely than non-disabled individuals to reside in poor real estate.
- There is a lack of real estate that is particularly designed to meet individuals's needs.
- The majority of homes in England (84%) do not enable somebody utilizing a wheelchair to obtain to and through the front door without difficulty.
- Transport is the biggest issue for disabled people in their area. Pavement/road maintenance, access, and frequency of public transportation are the greatest concerns.
- It is approximated there are 62,000 disability determined hate crimes each year.
- The yearly expense of raising a disabled kid is 3 times greater than that of bringing up a non-disabled kid.
- 40% of disability kids in the UK reside in hardship. This accounts for around 320,000 kids, and almost a 3rd of those are classified as living in 'extreme poverty'.
- Kids in families consisting of 1 or more disabled individual are twice as most likely to live in families with combined low earnings and material deprivation as those in households without any disabled individual (22% compared to 10%).
- 1 in 4 individuals will experience mental illness in any given year.
- Overall, 1 in 10 adults in Britain experience depression at any one time. Around 1 in 20 people at any one time experience major or 'clinical' depression.
- Almost 4 in 10 individuals considered disabled individuals as less productive than non-disabled individuals, and 75% of people thought of disabled individuals as having to be looked after some or most of the time. This suggests a degree of 'humane prejudice' exists towards disabled individuals.
- It is estimated that the variety of older disabled individuals is likely to increase by around 40% between 2002 and 2022, if age associated impairment rates stay consistent.
- The World Health Organisation has actually predicted that depression will be the leading reason for special needs by 2020. Psychological ill health and discovering disabilities in particular are expected to grow.
- Those with disability are disadvantaged in the labour market in all European countries. At the European Union (EU) level, about 47% of disabled individuals are used, compared to 72% of non-disabled individuals. The typical employment space is 25%.
- Disabled individuals deal with a higher threat of poverty compared to non-disabled individuals throughout all EU member states. At the EU level, 19% of individuals with disabilities face the risk of living in poverty, compared with 15% of non-disabled individuals.
- Individuals in nursing/care/retirement establishments and long stay hospitals are not included in these figures.