Official Statistics

Life Opportunities Survey: wave 3 results

Survey results from wave 3 analysing how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society and the barriers faced by respondents.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales


Life opportunities survey: wave 3 results


The Life Opportunities Survey was a large-scale longitudinal survey of disability in Great Britain. It was the first major social survey to explore disability in terms of the social barriers to participation that people in Great Britain experience.

The survey was carried out for the Office for Disability Issues, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This report provides results from wave 3 (the final wave) of the survey . It examines changes in impairment status and work status among respondents. It also looks at the barriers faced by respondents, with a particular focus on the life areas of leisure and social contact.

The respondents in wave 3 were interviewed approximately three and a half years after their first interview.

Wave 1 took place between June 2009 and March 2011.

Wave 2 began in June 2010 and finished in March 2012.

Wave 3 began in October 2012 and finished in September 2014.

Published 10 September 2015