Comparing poverty rates for disabled and non-disabled people

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The poverty rate for disabled people has remained broadly constant at around a third since 2013/14. This is despite the proportion of disabled working-age adults in work increasing from 42% to 52% over the last 10 years -with a corresponding fall in the proportion in receipt of income-related benefits.

During this period the proportion of the UK population reporting being disabled increased (as it has done consistently over the last two decades.) Because poverty rates among disabled people has consistently been above those of non-disabled people, this means more people are now at a higher risk of being in poverty.

The proportion of working disabled people who work part-time has remained relatively steady at around 30%, compared with around a fifth of those who are not disabled. So, while more disabled people are working, they are still less likely to be able to access full-time work, and then must rely on income-related benefits to supplement income.

The data presented here is from our 2022 UK Poverty report, setting out the trends and impacts of poverty across the UK. Read the full report at UK Poverty 2022.