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Here we present 25 facts and figures about health and disability which show how far we still have to go as a country in 2018:

  1.  There are 12.5 million people in England living with a neurological condition.
  2.  Over 1 million people in England are disabled by their neurological condition.
  3.  People with neurological conditions have the lowest quality of life of any long term condition.
  4.  Parkinson’s is the most prevalent neurological condition with 120K cases in the UK.
  5.  Wales has the highest percentage of disabled people (26%) followed by the North East & North West (25% each), Scotland (22%), Northern Ireland (21%), Yorkshire & Humber (20% each), East England (20%), South East (19%) and London (14%).
  6.  Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. 
  7.  Disabled people who are employed are more likely to be in low paid jobs than non-disabled people
  8.  Disabled people spend £550 a month on average on costs relating to their disability. 
  9.  Households with a disabled person spend a combined £212 million a year on goods and services - labelled “The Purple Pound”
  10. There are 4.2 million disabled people living in poverty.
  11.  There are more disabled women than there are men.
  12.  An estimated 900,000 people in the UK have severe or profound hearing loss.
  13.  More than 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss.
  14.  In the UK 65% of the population say they have experienced a mental health problem.
  15.  1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability.
  16.  Only 6.6% of adults with a learning disability are in paid employment.
  17.  7% of children in the UK are disabled.
  18.  4 in every 10 disabled children live in poverty.
  19.  There are around 7 million carers in the UK.
  20.  83% of people in a caring role feel they’re not valued by society.
  21.  3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives.
  22.  As a result of the physical and stressful demands of being a carer 625,000 carers will experience physical and mental health issues.
  23.  Carers are currently providing care worth £132 billion - the equivalent of the UK’s total annual healthcare spend.
  24.  2.38 million Blue Badges are held in England.
  25.  1.8 million disabled people in the UK have unmet housing needs.

Sources: • The Papworth Trust Report 2018 • NHS England • Neurological Alliance