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21.11.13

Disability ‘strongly related’ to deprivation – ONS

Disability in England and Wales varies significantly by local authority, statistics from the ONS suggest.

Figures from the 2011 Census show that 12% of residents in Wales reported their day-to-day activities were ‘limited a lot’, compared to less than 9% in England.

In England, the highest percentage of people living with a disability was in Knowsley, Merseyside, compared to just 5% in Elmbridge, Surrey. Merthyr Tydfil, in Wales, had the highest proportion, with 17% of men and 16.6% of women with limited daily activities.

The ten local authorities with the lowest percentages were all clustered around an area to the south and west of London.

The largest inequality was found at the ages of 65-74, and is strongly related to the level of deprivation experienced by residents in different areas.

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