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Disabled people make up nearly half of the most deprived working-age adults in the country

Disabled people make up nearly half of the most deprived working-age adults in the country


Important new research examining the living standards and health of working-age Disabled people and disability benefit claimants in the UK has been published by the Institute of Financial Studies (IFS).


Two of its key findings are:

People on disability benefits have much higher rates of relative income poverty than working-age adults in general (29% versus 20% in 2019-20). However, this measure of poverty does not take into account the fact that those on disability benefits likely have higher costs of living due to disability. So that this gap understates the true difference in the rate of low living standards


Disability is strongly related to material deprivation. Close to half (44%) of those in the most deprived tenth of the population are Disabled, compared with 18% among the whole working-age population. Read more on the IFS report here.

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