Disability and poverty

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 12 October 2017

Disability and poverty

What does this chart show?

Disability is strongly associated with poverty, both because disability brings with it extra costs which reduce the resources available relative to non-disabled people, and because it often reduces the capacity to work. This graph shows the poverty rate for people in families with and without a disabled adult in London and the rest of England. It also shows the share of all people in poverty who belong to such a family (see bars on right hand side).

The poverty rate for people in a family with at least one disabled adult is higher in London than for those without by nine percentage points at 34%. This is also higher than the poverty rate for those in families with a disabled adult in the rest of England, which is 26%.

However, despite the higher poverty rates for families with a disabled adult in London, they make up a smaller share of poverty overall, as you can see in the right-hand columns in the graph. 27% of people in poverty in London are in a family with a disabled person, compared with 38% in the rest of England. This reflects lower prevalence of disability in London, in part due to its younger age profile.