Northern Ireland

Longstanding illness/disability

Key points

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Graph 1: By age and tenure

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Graph 2: By local authority

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Graph 3: Compared to Great Britain

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Definitions and data sources

Limiting long-term illness among people of working age is not only a potential cause of poverty but also a potential consequence of it.  It can be a cause because someone with such a condition is both less likely to have a job and to have less choice about what job they do - and therefore what rate of pay they can achieve.  It can also be a consequence if it arises as a result of repeated spells of worklessness or reduced opportunities.

The first graph shows the proportion of adults self-reporting a limiting long-standing illness by age band (under 35, 35-59 and 60+) and housing tenure.

The second graph shows how the proportion of working-age people self-reporting a limiting long-standing illness varies by local authority.

The third graph shows how the proportion of working-age people self-reporting a limiting long-standing illness in Northern Ireland compares with the regions of Great Britain.

The data source for all the graphs is the 2001 Census (tables so016 for England and Wales, S16 for Scotland and S016 and S316 for Northern Ireland).

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  The question asked in the Census is the usually accepted way of measuring the prevalence of limiting long-standing illness.

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External links

See the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's site on health inequalities.

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