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Leonard Cheshire Disability – Disability and Employment

Survey of disabled adults in Great Britain on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Disability on social care and employment.

  • Four in five disabled adults who report needing social care say they do not receive enough support, if at all. However, if those that need it had more access to it, or to a different type of care, they feel it could make them more confident, less isolated and lonely, and lead to better mental health.
  • Three quarters of disabled adults who used to work but aren’t employed anymore, say the reason they stopped related to a health condition or disability.
  • The most requested adjustment or change to employment by disabled adults of working age is regular time off to attend medical appointments or treatment.
  • Around one in five disabled adults currently or previously working have sought or received help through the Government’s Access to Work scheme, despite the majority who have had help from it, rating the support they received as good.

Date Published: 16/02/2017

Categories: GB | Public and communities | Social | Third Sector

Client: Leonard Cheshire Disability


ComRes interviewed 1,032 disabled adults aged 18-65 in Great Britain online between 28th April and 10th May 2016. Data were weighted to be representative of disabled adults in Great Britain, by gender and region.

‘Disabled’ refers to those who answered ‘Yes’ to ‘Do you have a longstanding physical or mental condition or disability that has lasted or is likely to last 12 months and which has a substantial adverse effect on your ability to carry out day-to-day activities?

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