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 just under 33% of people in 1995/96 to a low of 27% in 2011/12, before rising again to 30% in 2015/16.

In contrast, the poverty rate for people in a family with no disabled family members is much lower at just under 19% of people in 2015/16, which is 12 percentage points lower than for people in a family with disabled family members. This gap is the same as in 1995/96, although the gap increased to a peak of just over 16 percentage points in 1999/2000 and then decreased to just under 9 percentage points in 2009/10.