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Disability

Summary: Disability

Scottish Government have published a guidance note on collecting information on disability.

Adults with limiting long-term conditions, 2016

 

Business, Enterprise and Tourism

Disabled vs age

  • In 2017, the self-employment rate for disabled people (14%) was higher than for non-disabled people (11.7%).

Source: Annual Population Survey results for year to December 2017 (Last updated: May 2018)

 

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Children and Families
  • In 2016, 7% of children and young people (aged under 16) had a limiting long-term physical or mental health condition. Boys were significantly more likely than girls to have a limiting long-term condition (9% and 6% respectively).

Source: Scottish Health Survey 2016 (Last updated: October 2017)

 

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Crime and Justice
  • Disabled people were more likely to have experienced crime in 2016/17 than non-disabled people. An estimated 16.8% of disabled people were victims of at least one crime, compared to 12.5% of non-disabled people.
  • Disabled people were less likely to feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark  in 2016/17 (64% compared to 81% of those with no disability)

Source: Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016-17 (Last updated: March 2018)

 

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Culture

Attendance

  • In 2016, people with disabilities or long-term health conditions reported lower levels of attendance at cultural events or places. Attendance rates were much lower in adults who said that their health caused major reductions in their daily capacity. 

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Culture and Heritage (Last updated: September 2017)

 

Participation

  • In 2016, participation was lower in adults with a physical or mental health condition, particularly among those who said that their health caused major reductions in their daily capacity. When reading was excluded, participation for those with conditions with major reduced daily capacity was 38 per cent compared to 56 per cent for those with no condition.

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Culture and Heritage (Last updated: September 2017)

 

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Demographics
  • In 2011, the proportion of people in Scotland with a long-term activity-limiting health problem or disability was 20%, the same as reported in the 2001 Census

Source: 2011 Census: Release 2A (Table 8)

 

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Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning

Higher Education

  • In 2015-16, 12% of full-time Higher Education students and 20% of full-time Further Education students in colleges declared a disability.

Source: Widening Access For All 2015/16 (SFC report. Formerly Learning for All. Last updated: September 2017)

 

Education, Employment or Training

  • There was a smaller proportion of young people with a disability participating in education (64.4% compared to 71.5%) and employment (12.0% compared to 17.0%).

  • However, young people with a disability were more likely to be participating in training or other development (6.3%) than those without (2.0%).

Source: Participation Measure 2017 (Skills Development Scotland. Last updated: August 2017)

 

Modern Apprenticeships

  •  8.6% of Modern Apprenticeship starts declared they were disabled in 2016-17.

Source: Modern Apprenticeship Statistics 2016/17 (Skills Development Scotland. Last updated: June 2017)

 

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Health, Social Care and Sport
  • In 2015, those with a long-term limiting condition have considerably lower levels of good/very good general health than the rest of the population (27% compared with 89% in the non-disabled group).

Source: Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2015 (Last updated: November 2016)

 
  • As at end March 2017, 0.7% of the staff employed by NHSScotland declared a disability.

Source: NHS Scotland Workforce (Last updated: June 2017)

Note: Information on disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation is based on data from a self-reported questionnaire. As this is not mandatory, response rates and completion are variable across NHSScotland.

 

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Housing and Regeneration
  • Social renters are more likely to have a limiting, long-term physical or mental health condition (39  per cent) than any other tenure and the population as a whole (23 per cent).

Source: Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2015 (Last updated: November 2016)

 
  • In 2016, adults with a long-term physical/mental health condition are more likely to have experienced discrimination (9 per cent) than those without such a condition (6 per cent).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Neighbourhoods and Communities (Last updated: September 2017)

 

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Income and Poverty  

Relative poverty, after housing costs, for people with a disabled family member

Relative Poverty after housing costs, for people with a disabled family member

  • Poverty rates remained higher for households with a disabled adult. 
  • In 2014-17, the poverty rate after housing costs for families with a disabled person was 24%. This compares with 16% of people in a family without a disabled person who were in poverty.

Source: Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland 2014-17 (Last updated: March 2018)

 

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Labour Market
  • In 2016, the employment rate for those aged 16-64 who were Equality Act disabled was 42.9% compared to 80.1% for those who were not Equality Act disabled and 72.9% for the total population aged 16-64. 52.5% of people who were Equality Act disabled were economically inactive, an increase of 0.9 percentage points over the year.

Source: Regional Employment Patterns in Scotland: Statistics from the Annual Population Survey 2016 (Last updated: May 2017)

Note: Estimates [from April 2013 onwards] are based on the core definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010, as specified in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) Harmonised Standards for questions on disability. It includes people with a health condition or illness lasting 12 months or more that reduces their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. It excludes certain non-core groups covered by the Equality Act, such as those with progressive or past conditions that do not currently limit their activities, and conditions that only limit their activities without medication or treatment. The introduction of this new definition means that estimates are not directly comparable with earlier periods.

 

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Local Government
  • In 2016 there was a slight difference between the proportion of disabled (53%) and non-disabled (57%) people who were satisfied with the quality of local schools, local health services and public transport (as a composite measure).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Local Services (Last updated: September 2017)

 

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Rural and Environment
  • There is a roughly equal proportion of adults with a long term illness or disability living in rural areas compared to urban areas. In 2016, the proportion of people reporting having a long term health condition or illness was 27% in urban areas and 24% in rural areas. This proportion is despite the fact there is a higher proportion of older people living in rural areas and the prevalence of disability and long term limiting illness increases with age.

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Environment (Last updated: September 2017)

 

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School Education

Attainment

  • School leavers with additional support needs (including special schools) in 2015/16 continued to have lower attainment, with only 34.1% of pupils with an additional support need achieving one or more Highers or better compared to 69.1% for those with no additional support needs.

Source: Attainment and Leaver Destinations Supplementary Data 2015/16 (Last updated: June 2017)

 

Exclusion

  • In 2016/17, the rate of exclusions for pupils with additional support needs was 66.6 per 1,000 pupils. This is more than 4 times higher than for pupils with no additional support needs (13.4 per 1,000).

Source: Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.8: 2017 Edition (Table 8.2. Last updated: December 2017)

 

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Third Sector
  • In 2016, 26% of people who volunteered had a disability, a long term illness or had both. 

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016: Volunteering (Last updated: September 2017)

 

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Transport and Travel
  • There were 41,348 concessionary fare passes issued to disabled people at October 2016. A further 111,486 disabled and companion cards were issued.
  • There were 3,921 concessionary fare passes issued to visually impaired people at October 2016. A further 9,745 visually impaired and companion cards were issued.
  • Around a third of bus journeys were undertaken by concessionary pass holders.

Source: Scottish Transport Statistics 2016 (Tables 2.12, 2.13 and 2.2a. Last updated: February 2017)

 

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Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2016 (April 2018) Official statistics publication on equality groups across a range of measures from harmonised questions across the major SG population surveys. This publication is available for individual years, as well as a combined multi-year SSCQ which pools several years of data allowing for more in-depth analysis. This publication provides statistics centred around protected equality characteristics and sub-national geographies: age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, country of birth, deprivation and Health Board/Police Scotland Division.

 

Scottish Household Survey 2016 (September 2017) This report presents reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households, both nationally and at a sub-national level. This includes analysis of age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation

 

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2015: Attitudes to Discrimination and Positive Action (September 2016) This report explores attitudes to discrimination and positive action in Scotland in relation to: age, disability, gender, race, religion, gender reassignment and sexual orientation.

Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census: Part 2 (March 2015) Brings together relevant statistics from the census and other sources to paint a highly detailed picture of equality in Scotland. The policy areas covered are Labour Market, Education, Housing and Transport. The BSL section contains data by age.

Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census: Part 1 (October 2014) Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census, including Ethnicity, Gypsy/Travellers, Religion, Disability and BSL and contains data by age.

Overview of Equality Results from 2011 Census Release 2 (March 2014) This paper provides further analysis of equality data originally released from the Census by the National Records of Scotland (NRS). It pulls this together into a user friendly format providing new analysis and insight, particularly around deprivation. The main equality strands included in the paper are ethnicity, religion and disability.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Disability Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to disability.

Scottish Ministers Duty Reports: Events with Disabled People (2009) A written summary report of 3 events that were held with disabled people in May 2009. Purpose of events was to find out disabled people's views on the Scottish Government's proposals for coordination of action across the public sector, as identified in Minister's Duty Reports published in November 2008.

Reporting on Progress towards Equality of Opportunity between Disabled Persons and Other Persons made by Public Authorities in Scotland (2008) - Reporting on Progress towards Equality of Opportunity between Disabled Persons and Other Persons made by Public Authorities in Scotland

 

Communication Support Needs: A Review of the Literature (2007) This research reviews existing literature on the needs and experiences of people with communication support needs and highlights the implications these have for service provision.

Disability and Employment in Scotland: A Review of the Evidence Base (2005) The report discusses the evidence base in relation to disabled people's access to and participation within the labour market and identifies gaps in current research in order to inform future research.

Investigation of Access to Public Services in Scotland Using British Sign Language (2005) Research report exploring the extent of access to public services in British Sign language (BSL) by Deaf people. A DVD reporting on the research is available in British Sign Language.

Data

Data

Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Health Survey - Access to Scottish Health Survey data is available via the UK Data Service

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Annual Population Survey, Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Scotland's Census

Scotland's Census Data Explorer - Download data, charts and tables from the 2011 Census

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by disability status

 
External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

Making disability data work for you: a community data toolkit (Office for Disability Issues) The Office for Disability Issues launched in January 2014. This is a toolkit created for Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations (DPULOs), other small organisations and charities. It aims to provide guidance to help organisations find and use data, for example, to better target services and/or resources to meet the needs of disabled people.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

Datashine Scotland - Datashine Scotland maps key statistics from the 2011 Scottish Census on an interactive map, including disability.

How well is the UK performing on disability rights? (EHRC, January 2018) A report looking at the progress the UK has made against the UN Committee on the Rights of the Person with Disabilities

How does personal well-being vary by sex, disability, ethnicity and religion? (ONS, 2015) Report exploring differences in personal well-being rating for different equality groups. It includes disability, ethnicity, gender and religion

Life Opportunities Survey (DWP, 2015) The Life Opportunities Survey compares how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society across areas including work, education, social participation, transport, and use of public services.

Independent Living in Scotland Project (2013) A report on the progress to make independent living the reality for disabled people in Scotland.

External Research Organisations

Inclusion Scotland - Work to challenge the social exclusion experienced by disabled people in Scotland.

Office for Disability Issues - Department for Work and Pensions, Disability statistics & research.

Equality and Human Rights Commission - The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) encourages equality and diversity, and is responsible for enforcing the Equality Act. EHRC produce research and analysis on equality characteristics

Government Equalities Office - The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is part of the UK Government and publishes research and analysis relating to equality legislation in the UK