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Census 2021 - Disability in England and Wales

Published by Activity Alliance research team assessment of Census data
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This overview provides our research team's analysis of the Census 2021 data about disability, health, and unpaid care in England and Wales.

The 2021 census data shows that there are now over 10 million people disabled people living in England and Wales.

Other findings include:

  • 17.7% of us in England and Wales are now living with a long-term physical or mental health condition or impairment that affects their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
  • This represents 10.4 million people, an increase of 400,000 since the last Census in 2011. The proportion has decreased 1.7% since 2011.
  • In England, the North East had the highest percentage of disabled people (21.2%) and London had the lowest (15.7%).
    • 32% (7.6 million) households in England include at least one disabled member.

Our document explores the figures for England and Wales. It included anlysis from our research and insight team.

For more information on this or other reports, please email our research team.