UK’s highest rate of disabled children revealed

Local Authorities with the highest and lowest percentages of children with a disability

Northern Ireland has been identified as the location with the highest rate of disabled children in the UK and there are now calls for money to be invested into the area.

The average percentage of disabled children in the area is 5.5%, which is markedly higher than England’s 3.7%, Scotland’s 4.4% and Wales’ 4.3%.

Belfast is the local authority with the highest percentage, followed by Dundee, Inverclyde and Glasgow in Scotland.

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The data is outlined in a new report, compiled by charity Contact, which has recommended that the government takes action to support the needs of disabled children and their families.

The report has laid out a five point plan it wants the government to follow which it includes making disabled children a priority, review current funding, ramp up funding and review health and social care law.

In the UK, there are currently 641,500 disabled children and young people under 20 years old, representing approximately 1 in 25 (or 4.2%) of all young people of this age.

This number is set to increase as more children disabled from birth are surviving birth and living for longer. This also means that needs are generally becoming more complex and as such there is pressure on authorities to ramp up their provision for disabled children.

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