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Video Summary: People with Disabilities in the Labour Market, 2011

Released: 02 December 2011


Transcript – Disability in England and Wales


This is a short video looking at disability in England and Wales


On the 2011 Census, there was a question asking ‘Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?’ Using these people, we will look at the responses. In England and Wales, approximately 5 million people, or 9 per cent of the population, said that their day-to-day activities were limited a lot.  A further 9 per cent reported that their activities were limited a little. 46 million people, or 82 per cent of the population, said that their activities were not limited.


Now we will look at activity limitation across the English regions and Wales. Wales had the highest proportion of people who said that their day-to-day activities were limited a lot or limited a little at 23 per cent, followed by the North East at 22 per cent. London at 14 per cent had the lowest proportion of people who said that their day-to-day activities were limited a lot or limited a little. This is likely to be due to its younger population. More than three-quarters of people in all English regions and Wales said that they have no day-to-day activity limitations.


Finally, we will look at the local areas with the highest proportion of people who said that their day-to-day activities were limited a lot or limited a little. In Wales, Neath Port Talbot had the highest proportion at 28 per cent. This was followed by Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil at 27 per cent, Rhondda Cynon Taf at 26 per cent, and Carmarthenshire at 25 per cent. In England, the areas with the highest proportion were East Lindsey, Blackpool and Tendring at 26 per cent,and Bolsover and Barrow-in-Furness at 25 per cent. The areas with the lowest proportions of people who said that their day-to-day activities were limited a lot or limited a little were mainly concentrated in London, the South East and East of England.

The animated video with commentary shows:

  1. Differences in the percentage of people in employment for those with a disability that limits their day to day activities and those without.

  2. It then looks at the skill level of the jobs carried out by those who are disabled and those without before looking at employment rates depending on the impairment

  3. Finally it looks at the incidence of disability for people aged 16 to 64 across the regions of the UK

Source: Office for National Statistics

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