Crippen discovers that Pandemic ‘could be a cause’ of falling proportion of disabled people.

You’ll recall a Blog article I posted back in June 2021 about the high number of disabled people who had died due to the Covid pandemic when compared to the general population of the UK. Well, it looks a though official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – based on the results from the 2021 census – confirms this.

In an article published in Disability News Service (DNS) The ONS confirms that the proportion of disabled people in England and Wales fell sharply in the 10 years between 2011 and 2021, possibly caused … by the disproportionate number of disabled people who died during the pandemic.

In Wales, where an even higher proportion of deaths linked to COVID-19 were of disabled people, the percentage of disabled people decreased even more sharply between 2011 and 2021.

ONS said that one of the contributing factors to the figures could have been the COVID-19 pandemic, with ONS figures showing “that disabled people were at greater risk of death during the pandemic, which could have led to fewer disabled people in the population”.

ONS has previously estimated that about 58 per cent of Covid-related deaths in England between January 2020 and March 2022 were of disabled people, while in Wales about 68 per cent of Covid-related deaths were of disabled people.

The ONS census figures released this week also show striking differences in the proportion of disabled people living in the most deprived areas of England and Wales, compared with the least deprived.

You can read more about this in the DNS article, which also carries an interesting breakdown of the ONS statistics.

Description of cartoon for those using screen reading software

A young family of four are standing outside a cage within which are two disabled people. On the cage is a sign that reads ‘endangered species’. One of the family members is holding a booklet with ‘museum guide’ printed on the front. On the floor is a piece of paper with ‘National Statistics – Less disabled people alive after Covid Pandemic’. One of the children is pointing at the cage with a question mark over his head. His father replies: “I’m not sure son – I think they used to be called the disabled!”

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