This dashboard contains constituency estimates of the disabled population based on data from the 2021 census for England and Wales. The data reflects the population on Census Day, 21 March 2021.

The census asked two questions to find out whether people would be classed as disabled in line with the definition of disability in the Equality Act (2010).

Respondents were asked whether they had any physical or mental health conditions or illnesses lasting or expected to last 12 months or more. People who said they did have one of these conditions, and said that it also limited their activities in some way, were classed as disabled.

18% of usual residents across England and Wales were classed as disabled. Among those classed as disabled, around 10% reported that their condition limited their day-to-day activities a lot and around 8% said that their daily activities were limited a little.

The dashboard focuses on people classed as disabled on this basis.

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Use the dropdown menu below to select the constituency you’re interested in and view statistics on disability.

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Top 20 constituencies 

In the dashboard below, select a disability group to see which constituencies have the highest proportion of their population in that category.

Many constituencies with high proportion of people whose daily activities were limited a lot were in the North West of England and Wales. The Liverpool, Walton constituency had the highest proportion (13.5%).

Most constituencies with large proportions of people with no long-term conditions were in London and the South East, with Brent having the highest proportion (86.0%).

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Definitions

The Equality Act (2010) defines an individual as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The 2021 census in England and Wales identified people as disabled if they reported:

A physical or mental health condition or illness lasting or expected to last 12 months or more which impacted on their day-to-day activities either a little or a lot.

Notes

The 2021 census in England and Wales was undertaken during the coronavirus pandemic, which may have influenced how people perceive their health status and activity limitations.

Source

ONS, 2021 Census, custom dataset, disability variable

Data updates

This dashboard uses 2021 census data. The 2021 census is currently the only source of constituency-level data on this topic, which means that there aren’t any major updates planned for the near future.

2021 census results and analysis

Constituency data and analysis on the 2021 census results from the Commons Library.

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