Our Equality in Fife statistical report is designed to assist organisations, individuals and groups of all sectors in their commitment to the Equality Act 2010 and more importantly their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

Click the link below to download our JULY 2019 report:
EQUALITY IN FIFE – JULY 2019 3b

As part of the report, we have produced a series of fact sheets covering some interesting facts about each of the protected characteristics.

EQ FACTSHEET 2 – DISABILITY

Did you know? – Demographics

In 2017, 26% of all household members in Fife reported having long-term physical or mental health condition, this is significantly greater than the national average (22%).

The 2011 census listed ‘deafness or partial hearing loss’ was reported by 7.3% of the Fife population, and ‘physical disability’ as reported by 7.2%, but there is no further breakdown of type of physical impairment across protected characteristics available at this time.

Of note is 6% of Fifers aged 16-24 reported having a learning difficulty, and that the onset of deafness or partial hearing loss is marked from the 50-64 age group (18.3%, up from 2.8% for 35-49 year olds).

Did you know? – Learning Disability and Learning Difficulties

There were 1,152, adults with a learning disability living in Fife in 2017, increasing from 1,118 previous year, but which is still a lower rate (3.8 per 1000) compared to Scotland’s (5.2 per 1000).

Fife performs over twice as well as the national average (76.5% vs 29.5%) in finding alternative opportunities and further education places (10.0% vs 4.4%)for adults with learning difficulties.

Did you know? – Employment and Living Standards

Over the past 3 years, Fife has improved theemployment rate for people with a disability and was by 2018 7.6 percentage points higherthan Scotland as a whole (53.2% vs 45.6%).

There has been a marked drop in economic inactivity of disabled people aged 16-64, falling from 55.5% in 2016 to 41.6% in 2018, lower than the national average of 49.7%.

30% of people in families with a disabled adult were in relative poverty after housing costs (BHC), and 29% for families with a disabled child. For families with nobody is disabled, the figure was 16%.

Did you know? – Health and life expectancy

In general, people with a long-term limiting condition have considerably lower levels of good / very good general health than the rest of the population. In 2014, this gap was reported as considerable at 27.5% compared with 88.6% for non-disabled people

The average age of death for different levels of impairment:
•67.5 for people with a mild learning disability
•64 for people with a moderate learning disability
•59 for people with a severe learning disability
•46 for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities