Created 11 years ago, updated 7 months ago

This table shows working age population that has a disability and Employment, unemployment, economic activity and inactivity rates by disability (includes Equalities Act Core disabled, DDA & work-limiting disabled)

The definition of ‘disability’ under the Equality Act 2010 shows a person has a disability if:

  • - they have a physical or mental impairment
  • - the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities

For the purposes of the Act, these words have the following meanings:

  • - 'substantial' means more than minor or trivial
  • - 'long-term' means that the effect of the impairment has lasted or is likely to last for at least twelve months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
  • - 'normal day-to-day activities' include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping

There are additional provisions relating to people with progressive conditions. People with HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis are protected by the Act from the point of diagnosis. People with some visual impairments are automatically deemed to be disabled.

18/03/2015 Data has been reweighted in line with the latest ONS estimates.
2013 data is not available for disability measures from this survey. Due to changes in the health questions on the Annual Population Survey there is quite a large discontinuity in the estimates from the Apr 2012 to Mar 2013 period onwards. These became available again from the Apr 2013 to March 2014 period as new variables.

95% confidence interval of percent figure (+/-).

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