Related to: Ill Health and Disability, Healthy Weight, Physical Activity, People with Multiple Needs

Key Facts

  • Estimates suggest that there are 10,912 people living with moderate or severe physical and mobility impairments in B&NES. 


People with physical disabilities, have a physical impairment which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

What does the data say?


Estimates from 2015, suggest 1 that there are 8,456 people (7.6% of population) aged 18-64 who have a moderate physical disability and 2,482 (2.2%) who have a severe physical disability. This is in-line with both regional and national percentages and increases with age.

  • While numbers of persons classing as having a moderate or severe physical disability are estimated to fall in B&NES by 2030, the proportion as a percentage of 18-64 population is set to stay constant at 9.8%
  • This is estimated to vary by age. Numbers of 18-24 year olds and 55-64 year olds with moderate or serious physical disabilities are estimated to increase by 3.4% and 6% respectively by 2030, while prevalence in those aged 45-54 is predicted to fall by almost 22% over the same period.
  • This trend is quite different to the estimated national change over the same period. Nationally, it is estimated that there will be an increase in number across all age ranges apart from 45-54 over the same period, with a much larger increase in those aged 55-64 than is predicted locally.

Are we meeting the needs?

In 2010/11 there were 450 18-64 year olds and 2,140 aged 65+ with physical disabilities in the care system.

For clients recieving personal budgets:

  • Aged 18-64 - 335 clients with physical disabilities (27% of all personal budgets) the majority are in community care
  • Aged 65+ - 1650 clients with physical disabilities (73% of all personal budgets).  74% of those are in community care

There is a significant gap between the number of people receiving care for physical disabilities (450 18-64 year olds) and PANSI estimates2 

  • 1. PANSI estimates (2015) Moderate or severe physical disability
  • 2. Bath and North East Somerset Council (2011) Number Service Users who have received Personal Budgets to end of December 2011, Adult Social Care Statistics in-house data