Over 30,000 in South Tyneside have a disability

Nearly a quarter of people in South Tyneside are living with some kind of disability, new data shows.

33,000 live with disability.
33,000 live with disability.

Figures from the census in March 2021 show 33,368 people in South Tyneside said they had an impairment – 22.1% of the area's population.

The Equality Act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that has a "substantial and long-term adverse effect" on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

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In South Tyneside, 17,336 people (11.6%) said their disability stopped them from carrying out regular activities 'a little', while 16,032 (10.5%) said it did so 'a lot'.

The overall proportion of disabled people is down from the previous census in 2011, when 23.7% said they had a disability.

There were 20,898 households with at least one person with a disability – including 5,366 with two or more.

As of March 2021, 44.4% of residents in the area described their health as 'very good' – up from 42.3% in 2011 – and the proportion of people describing their health as 'very bad' fell from 1.9% to 1.7%.

Across England and Wales, the proportion of people with a disability has fallen from 19.5% in 2011 to 17.8% at the last census – despite the number of disabled people increasing from 10 to 10.4 million – because the 2021 census explicitly mentioned mental impairments.

Craig Moss, research manager at disability equality charity Scope, said: “It is high time society was more inclusive of disabled people. They are repeatedly forgotten by Government, business and society, with workplaces, pubs and public transport not accessible.”