Longstanding illness/disability

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • A fifth of people aged 35-59 report a limiting long-standing illness.  The proportion rises to two-fifths for those aged 60 and over.
  • For all age groups, the proportion of people reporting a limiting long-standing illness is much higher for those in social housing than for owner-occupiers.  For example, two-fifths of those aged 35-59 in social housing report such a condition compared to one in eight of owner-occupiers.
  • The proportion of working-age people with a long-standing illness varies between a tenth of the population and a fifth in different local authorities.  The authorities with the highest proportions are Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde and Clackmannanshire.
  • Levels of long-standing illness are somewhat higher in Scotland than in the United Kingdom as a whole.  For example, 31% of 50- to 64-year-olds in Scotland have such an illness compared to 27% in England and Wales.  See the UK indicator on long-standing illness.

Definitions and data sources

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 data source for the first graph is the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

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

The map shows how the proportion of people aged 16 to 59 self-reporting a limiting long-standing illness varies by small area.

The data source for the second graph and the map is the 2001 Census (table KS08).

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