In 2018, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) established a Census, Lifecourse and Disability team to address gaps in disability information. It links existing data sources and produces new pieces of work giving insight into disability statistics.
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The Census, Lifecourse and Disability team was established to address gaps in disability information by utilising existing data sources. The team´s remit is to develop a programme of work on disability statistics, working closely with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) team, to shine more light on the prevalence of disability and its consequences across society.
The team will also be leading on linking census and mortality data. This will provide new insights into the lifecourse of people identified as having a disability in the Census 2011 in comparison to people without a disability. It will further address gaps in disability data, such as lifecourse transitions between censuses, by using the Longitudinal Study.
It will also have a leading role in ensuring the use of a harmonised definition of disability and routine disaggregation of statistics by disability.
The Census, Lifecourse and Disability team sets out to:
The majority of the data analysis will be on people with disabilities as defined by the Equality Act 2010. However, where data allow and if suitable for the publication, ONS will disaggregate data on disability by age, sex, ethnicity and religion. ONS does not anticipate being able to disaggregate by other protected characteristics due to limited data availability and a lack of sufficient base numbers.