Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal


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First published: 03 Apr 2017

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Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?.

We want this report to be used by UK and devolved governments to make improvements to law and policies, by local government to ensure services meet the needs of disabled people, and by disability groups to strengthen their case for change.

The report includes chapters on six areas of life, including education, work, health, justice and participation in politics, looking at where there has been progress and where there are still serious issues to be tackled. It also looks the experiences of those with different impairments and how these impact on people’s life chances.

We have also produced a British Sign Language (BSL) video of the executive summary and supporting data tables of the evidence behind the report.

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The following corrections were made to the report on 3 July 2017:

  • Page 48: ‘In Scotland, Modern Apprenticeships are restricted to those already in employment.’
  • Page 78: ‘Use of a car was associated with lower levels of bad or very bad health, and the difference between disabled and non-disabled people was greater for those without use of a car.’
  • Page 80: ‘… bad or very bad health was … more common for the socio-economic groups covering lower supervisory and technical, semi-routine and routine occupations.’
  • Page 92: ‘poor mental health was more common for: … those not in a couple.’
  • And on pages 67, 68, 72, 108, 128, 129 and 134, the text has been revised to correct the effect of ‘access to a car’, which had been accidentally reversed in the analysis of the Life Opportunities Survey.

On the 20 September 2017, the sentence above on p.48 was deleted.