In the late 90’s people debated the prevalence of disability in the UK, with the debate centred on 1 in 10 or 1 in 12 people in the population being disabled. The debate has moved on, with most statistics now looking at 1 in 8 or even 1 in 6. The statistics will continue to be debated but the one thing that is certain is that disability is on the increase, and largely due to people living longer and having better healthcare.
There are lots of statistics available. The figures below are all taken from the Office for Disability Issues information. The numbers to the right are ‘millions’ of people in Great Britain.