Facts and figures

We've pulled together the latest disability facts and figures in one place. 

Number of disabled people

  • There are more than 13 million disabled people in the UK.
  • One in five of us will be affected by disability at some point in our lives.

Source: Family Resources Survey: financial year 2016/17


  • Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people.

Source: ONS, Labour market status of disabled people, Feb 2019

  • One in five employers say they would be less likely to employ a disabled person.

Source: ComRes polling, UK, 2017

  • Disabled young people aged 16- 18 were at least twice as likely as their non-disabled peers to not be in education, employment or training.

Source: EHRC, ‘Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal’


  • Over 40% of railways stations in Great Britain do not have step-free access.

 Source: Leonard Cheshire, Disabled people cannot use over 40% of Great Britain’s train stations, 2018

  • 35% of disabled people say they have experienced problems using the train.

Source: ComRes polling, UK, 2018

Social care

  • Disabled people between the ages of 18-65 represent one third of social care users.

Source: Papworth Trust, Facts and Figures 2018

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