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Study: Thirty-Percent Of People With Disabilities In UK Live In Poverty
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 16, 2005

LONDON, ENGLAND--While economic conditions have generally improved in the United Kingdom over the past decade, one-third of adults with disabilities still live at or below the poverty line, a report released this week reveals.

Those poverty numbers were more than double the rate that researchers had expected, considering the progress made in the general population.

The New Policy Institute conducted the report, entitled "Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK 2005".

"Poverty among disabled people is high and rising, with little by way of government policy, thus far, to help," said co-author Guy Palmer. "Tackling disabled poverty needs to be made a top priority."

Regardless of the level of educational qualifications, adults with disabilities are about three times more likely to be out of work yet want to work than those without disabilities, the study found.

Authors of the 117-page report said that even well qualified persons with disabilities are less likely to be working than their able-bodied counterparts.

"A disabled person is more likely to be either low paid or out of work than a non-disabled person with similar qualifications," said Peter Kenway, a co-author of the study. "The inescapable conclusion is that the labor market discriminates against disabled people."

The study also found that the numbers of those who are not working but who want to work are much higher than officially reported.

"Around 800,000 disabled people aged 25 to retirement age are 'economically inactive but want work', a much higher figure than the 200,000 'unemployed' disabled people. In other words, the numbers of disabled adults who lack but want work is five times the number included in the official unemployment figures," the report concluded.

Related:
Report: "Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK 2005" (New Policy Institute)

http://www.npi.org.uk/reports/mpse%202005.pdf

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