BRIEFING - Costly differences - Living standards for working-age people with disabilities
3 January 2023
At the bottom end of the income distribution, income at the 25th percentile of disabled people (£11,915) is 34 per cent below income at the 25th percentile of non-disabled people (£18,146). [...] This also means people with disabilities are especially likely to be at the bottom of the (whole- population) income distribution: around one-third (33 per cent) of adults in the lowest household income decile have a disability, compared to around one-tenth (9 per cent) of adults in the highest household income decile. [...] Looking at the bottom end of the distribution, incomes for people at the 25th percentile of the disabled population (£11,195) were 34 per cent below 25th percentile of the non-disabled (£18,146) population in 2020-21. [...] The benefit of this these into a single indicator.18 The measure is that it reflects that the principle here is to count how many of inability to afford a common item is the nine items people cannot afford, more indicative of deprivation than the but to give more weight to those items ability to afford a less common item. [...] Below, we explore this using new evidence from a survey we commissioned that was in the field in late November 2022.21 Figure 8 shows that, even before the current crisis, 9 per cent of disabled people – compared to 2 per cent of the non-disabled population – couldn’t afford to keep their homes warm.22 Fast forward to the end of November 2022, and two-fifths of disabled people in our survey said t.