Disabled People

Date 31 August 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Use the interactive tool below to navigate indicators that show how poverty and inequality affects Disabled people in London.

Disabled People: Indicators

Proportion of Londoners aged 16-64 on out-of-work benefits by benefit type (2013-2019)

The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has fallen in the period since 2013 shown in this indicator. The types of benefits claimed by those out of work has also changed in recent years, as Universal Credit has rolled out across the capital. 

For example, 0.3% of working-age Londoners were out of work and claiming Universal Credit in 2016. By 2019, this proportion had risen to 2.5% of the working-age population. 

Across this whole period, the proportion of the working-age population on out-of-work benefits was higher in the rest of England than in London.

GCSE attainment by ethnicity (2018)

In general, GCSE attainment is higher in London than in the rest of England. This is true for both boys and girls, students who do not speak English as a first language, students with Special Educational Needs and students from minority ethnic backgrounds. 

In both London and the rest of England, girls perform better at GCSEs than boys, with 71% of girls achieving grades 9-4 (the equivalent of A*-C under the old system) in English and Maths in London, but only 65% of boys. 

Students with English as a second language perform slightly better than those who speak English as a first language in London, whilst the opposite is true in the rest of England.  

Students with Special Educational Needs needs have much lower attainment than the average student and the attainment gap is roughly the same in London and the rest of England. 

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Proportion of Londoners in poverty in families with and without disabled persons (2007/08, 2012/13, and 2017/18)

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.

Londoners who live in families that include a disabled person are 54% more likely to be in poverty than those living in families that do not include a disabled person. 

For example, in the 3 years to 2017/18, 37% of families that included a disabled person were in poverty but only 24% of those who did not were. The gap was narrower in the three years to 2012/13. 

When considering the overall composition of the population in poverty in 2017/18, we see that 30% of people in poverty live in families that contain at least one disabled person.

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