Statistics for percentage of people with disability: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00558
Date received: 7 February 2018
Date responded: 2 March 2018

Information requested

Statistics for the percentage of those with a disability/ population in general with specific disability impairments e.g. what percentage are visually impaired, with learning difficulties etc, both overall and in employment.

Also could you advise what percentage of the population under the age of 27 have a disability.


Please find attached the information relating to the first part of your request.

In response to the second part of your request, in 2016, the proportion of people in Scotland aged 16 to 26 who were Equality Act Disabled was 12.8%. With those aged 27 included (i.e. the proportion of people in Scotland aged 16 to 27 who were Equality Act Disabled) this figure is 12.6%.

(Source: Annual Population Survey (Jan to Dec 2016) ONS. Notes: 1. Proportion calculated using unrounded figures and rounded to 1 d.p.; 2. Denominator for the proportion is all people aged 16-26/16-27 in Scotland excluding those with unknown disability status).

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FOI-18-00558 - Disabled People by Health Condition.pdf


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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