Today ONS has released topic summary data for health, disability and unpaid care. This data has been age standardised, but what does this mean and why have we done it? Helen Colvin, Head of Census Health and Disability Analysis explains more.Read more on Age standardising data: What does this mean and why does it matter?
Tomorrow (3 December) is the UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities. With the most recent estimates from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) putting the proportion of disabled people in the UK at 22% in 2021 (up from 19% a decade ago), this is a sizeable and very diverse group. Here, Helen Colvin and Josephine Foubert from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) look at some of the work we have been doing recently to give insight into the lives of disabled children and adults.Read more on What have we learned about the experience of disabled people?
Last week’s first results from the England and Wales 2021 Census revealed, we are an increasingly ageing population. Nearly one in five of us (18.6%) – an estimated 11.1 million people – were aged 65 years and over in 2021. Inevitably, this means that more people will require care, often in their own home. Here, the ONS’s Head of Social Care Analysis, Dr Sophie John, explains the challenges of finding out how many people are paying for care in their own home.Read more on Who is paying for their own community care?