Building an Inclusive Society


Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is based on the latest estimates from the Department for Work and Pensions’ Family Resources Survey for the 2021/22 financial year.

Understanding Disability Prevalence in the UK: Building an Inclusive Society

In the United Kingdom, a growing number of people are living with disabilities. According to recent data, approximately 16.0 million people, constituting 24% of the total population, had a disability in the 2021/22 financial year. This statistic reflects a significant increase from previous years, with disability prevalence rising by 6 percentage points since 2002/03 when it stood at 18%.

What’s even more noteworthy is that the majority of this increase has occurred in the past decade, with disability prevalence up by 5 percentage points from 19% in 2010/11. This trend highlights the evolving landscape of disability in the UK and underscores the importance of understanding and addressing the needs of people with disabilities.

Age and Disability

The prevalence of disability is closely linked to age. In 2021/22, around 11% of children in the UK were reported as having a disability. This figure increases significantly among working-age adults, with 23% of this group reporting a disability. Among adults over the State Pension age, a substantial 45% had a disability, indicating a higher prevalence in the older population. The trend continues among those aged 80 and over, where a staggering 58% reported a disability.

These statistics emphasise the need for targeted support and services tailored to different age groups. While children and working-age adults may require services related to education, employment, and daily living, older adults may need more specialised care and assistance to maintain their quality of life.

Creating an Inclusive Society

Understanding disability prevalence is just the first step. It’s essential that we use this knowledge to build a more inclusive society. This means not only recognising the challenges faced by people with disabilities but also actively working to eliminate barriers that hinder their full participation in various aspects of life.

  1. Accessible Infrastructure: Our public spaces, transportation systems, and buildings should be designed with accessibility in mind. This includes ramps, elevators, tactile paving, and other accommodations that make it easier for people with disabilities to navigate their environment.

  2. Inclusive Education: Every child has the right to an education. Inclusive education practices ensure that students with disabilities can learn alongside their peers, receive necessary support, and reach their full potential.

  3. Employment Opportunities: Encouraging inclusive hiring practices is crucial. Employers should provide reasonable accommodations and create a welcoming workplace culture for people with disabilities.

  4. Community Engagement: Communities should actively involve people with disabilities in decision-making processes and provide platforms for their voices to be heard.

  5. Supportive Services: Access to healthcare, rehabilitation, and mental health services is essential. These services should be tailored to the unique needs of people with disabilities.

  6. Promoting Awareness: Raising awareness about disabilities and challenging stereotypes and stigmas is essential for creating an inclusive society. Education and advocacy play a crucial role in changing attitudes.

By addressing these areas, we can make significant strides toward creating a more inclusive and supportive world for people with disabilities. The data on disability prevalence in the UK serves as a reminder of the diversity within our society and the importance of working together to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and access to the resources they need to thrive.


In conclusion, as we continue to witness the rise in disability prevalence in the UK, it’s imperative that we come together as a society to promote inclusion, accessibility, and understanding. By doing so, we can build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

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