Poverty rates in families with a disabled person

Disabled people’s poverty rates slowly decreased until 2009/10 to 2011/12 but this trend has reversed. Poverty is much higher for people in families with disabled members.

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The poverty rate for people in a family with disabled family members fell from 37% of people in 1999/00 to a low of 28% in 2011/12, before rising again to 30% in 2017/18.

In contrast, the poverty rate for people in a family with no disabled family members is much lower at 19% of people in 2017/18, which is 12 percentage points lower than for people in a family with disabled family members. This gap has widened since 2011/12 when it was 9%.