The protected characteristics of disabled and non-disabled people in England and Wales, using Census 2021 data. 



  • Protected characteristics by disability status in England and Wales

    This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents in England and Wales by disability and other protected characteristics. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021. Age-standardisation is used to enable comparisons between different population groups.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.