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Adult limiting illness or disability by borough

Key points

  • Limiting illness or disability in London is concentrated in the east and north east.
  • The west of London and the Outer South tend to have low rates of long term limiting illness.

The proportion of working-age adults with a limiting long-standing illness or disability


What does this map show?

In the 2011 Census, residents of England and Wales were asked to assess whether their day to day activities were either 'Limited a Lot' or 'Limited a Little' because of a health problem or disability, which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months. Limitation in performing normal day to day activities (i.e. activity restriction) is an indicator of disability.

There is a strong east/ west pattern to the distribution of limiting illness or disability across London. All of the ten boroughs with the highest rates of limiting illness are in the East, either Inner or Outer. None of the ten boroughs with the lowest rates are in the East.
In the 2011 census, Barking & Dagenham had the highest proportion (14%) of working age adults with an illness or disability that limited their daily activities. In Newham, Greenwich, Enfield, Islington and Hackney the figure was above 12%.

The proportion of working-age adults with a limiting disability was almost twice as high in Barking & Dagenham as in Richmond, the borough with the lowest rate.

Compared to the last census, the pattern is little changed, even if the positions of individual boroughs have altered slightly. Three of the boroughs with the highest rates of limiting illness were among the four highest in 2011. The other borough, Newham, is now sixth, but statistically indistinguishable from the fourth-placed borough, Enfield.

Data used

2011 Census

NOTE: The data on this page may not be the most recent available because this indicator was not updated in our most recent report, published in October 2015. Nevertheless, we have chosen to keep the page live because it tells an important story about poverty in London, and the general pattern described here is unlikely to have changed significantly.

Indicator last updated: 29 February 2016