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Summary: Disability and Culture

Disability and Culture


  • People with disabilities or long-term health conditions reported lower levels of attendance at cultural events or places in 2016. SHS figures also show that attendance rates were much lower in adults who said that their health caused major reductions in their daily capacity. 


  • Figures from SHS show that 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, the 2016 survey shows that participation for those with conditions with major reduced daily capacity was 38 per cent and, for those with no condition, it was 56 per cent. For those with minor reduced daily capacity, the participation rate was 51 per cent.    

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


Useful Links

Disability Page

Culture Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards achievement of the National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’.

National Indicator number 39: Widen use of the internet, data table

National Indicator number 41: Increase cultural engagement, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Disability, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

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


People, Culture and Heritage in Scotland (January 2015) A more detailed of the culture data from the 2013 Scottish Household Survey. Covers cultural attendance and participation by age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, and religion

Reporting on Progress towards Equality of Opportunity between Disabled Persons and Other Persons made by Public Authorities in Scotland: The Scottish Ministers' Duties: The Arts, Culture and Built Heritage (November 2008) Report on the progress which is being made towards equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people across the Arts, Culture and Built Heritage

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



Scottish Government Survey Data

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

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

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

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

Taking Part focus on: social media (DCMS, April 2016) A Department for Culture, Media and Sport report looking at people in England who use social media and their demographic characteristics. Includes data by age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.






Culture Analysis

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