Disability and deprivation

PEOPLE with disabilities are more likely to live in the most deprived areas of Scotland, the latest official statistics have revealed.

The new analysis from Scotland’s chief statistician also shows people living with what are termed ‘limiting long-term physical or mental health conditions’ are also more likely to have live alone, live in social housing, be unemployed or inactive, lack any qualifications, have poorer mental health and have no car.

The Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ) 2016, published in April 2018, is part of a series of publications providing statistics from pooled survey responses on the composition, characteristics and attitudes of Scottish households and adults across a number of topic areas including equality characteristics, housing, employment and perceptions of health and crime.

The latest statistics paint a bleak picture for the prospects and wellbeing of people who come under the disability category and confirms more needs to be done for those who have additional support needs.

In younger age groups the study also confirms there has been an upward trend in the proportion of younger people with long-term limiting health conditions describing this as “a widely observed phenomenon and is associated with the increasing survivability of such conditions into adulthood.”

The study states: “The proportion of people with long-term limiting health conditions in the 16-24 age group has increased by over 6 percentage points among women and around 5 percentage points for men since 2012. Among older age groups the proportion with such conditions has fallen, and this trend is noteable particularly among women aged 75 or over and men between 65 and 74.”

For older groups the research showed nearly 40% of those with limiting conditions were aged 65+, compared with 17% of those without such a condition.

The research noted long-term limiting conditions group have considerably lower levels of good/very good general health than the rest of the population (29.3% compared with 87.8% in those not identifying as having a long-term limiting condition) and those with with long-term physical or mental health conditions that limit their daily activities have lower levels of mental wellbeing.

A closer look at some of the statistics: