A new study says Britain has the world’s highest proportion of disabled people living in poverty and disabled people are more likely to be unemployed than their non-disabled peers.
The study, by the disability rights charity Disability Rights UK, said the lack of opportunities for disabled people to study and have jobs made it difficult for them to get a foothold in the economy.
“It’s not just about people with disabilities being unable to access employment, but it’s about a whole set of factors that make it harder for disabled workers to find jobs, especially in sectors that require a high degree of technical expertise,” said Jane Hodge, the charity’s disability policy adviser.
The disability rights group said the figures were based on figures from the UK Statistics Authority, which were based off the 2014 census.
The charity said the data included figures from disability-related disability benefit claimants and disabled children.
“The number of people who are disabled and need help to live independently is estimated to be around 8 million people in Britain,” Ms Hodge said.
“That’s about 1 in 8 people, and that’s very, very high.”
The charity added that the numbers showed a number of factors were at play, including the difficulty for disabled children in accessing the right education, the fact that many people with learning difficulties are out of work and the difficulties many disabled people with mental health issues had accessing social housing.
Ms Hodge told the ABC that she believed it was important for disabled individuals to be able to access the benefits they were entitled to in order to be productive members of society.
“If they have access to benefits that’s not going to be the case if they have to go back to school and do what they need to do to support themselves, which is to live, to go to work, to be supported and to get jobs,” she said.
She said the issue of how people with disability were supported in their lives also needed to be addressed.
“When you’re not supported in a way that you feel is right, it’s not that people don’t feel comfortable or comfortable enough.
It’s that they feel as though they’re not actually supported in that way,” Ms Mckenzie said.
The charity says many disabled individuals and people with complex needs rely on the disability benefits system to get by.
“The system is so complex that there’s no single person who can answer for all the people in the system, so it’s really up to individual providers and individual organisations to decide how they will provide support to disabled people,” Ms Jax said.
According to Disability Rights, disabled people make up about 10 per cent of the UK population.
Ms Hike said the study showed the need for the disability system to improve.
“A disability is something that has a life-long impact, so there’s a lot of people that need support to make sure they have the best possible quality of life,” she added.