Life opportunities survey

A survey to provide data on how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society.

This is a major study, carried out for the Office for Disability Issues, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It has been running since June 2009 and provides facts and figures comparing how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society in a number of areas. These areas include:

  • work
  • education
  • social participation
  • transport and use of public services

The survey aims to identify the reasons why people do not take part in these areas as much as they would like to. It also explores topics such as living standards, housing, discrimination and crime.

The ONS runs the survey throughout the year across Great Britain. It interviews a random sample of households, with sectors of society chosen to reflect the general population.

Life opportunities survey – publication usage exercise

The life opportunities survey team are capturing data about the users of our publication with the aim of ensuring that the report continues to meet their needs.

Please respond using the life opportunities survey: feedback form

Contacts and more information

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Life opportunities survey results

Waves 1 and 2 of the Life Opportunities Survey have provided rich data on the characteristics, circumstances, experiences and views of people with and without impairments, including the barriers to participation perceived by disabled people.

Fieldwork for the final wave of the Life Opportunities survey (wave 3) is underway and we are planning to publish its findings in autumn 2015.

  1. Life opportunities survey: wave 2, part 2 results

    • Statistics
  2. Life opportunities survey: wave 2, part 1 results

    • Statistics
  3. Life Opportunities Survey: wave 1 results

    • Statistics