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Life Opportunities Survey: wave 2, part 1 results

Wave 2 of a survey on how disabled and non-disabled people participate in society – an analysis of respondents' impairments.


Life opportunities survey: wave 2, part 1 results


The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) is a large-scale longitudinal survey of disability in Great Britain. It is 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).

We revised estimates included in the report on 10 April 2014 in light of an improvement to the LOS weighting method.

The LOS wave 2 part 1 report covers the analysis of respondents’ impairments.

On 10 April 2014 we published the LOS wave 2 part 2 report that covers the analysis of barriers faced by respondents.

Audio format

Listen to an executive summary of the survey.

Interim technical report

The interim technical report describes how wave 2 of the LOS was carried out, and how data from respondents interviewed in the first years of wave 1 and wave 2 were linked for the purpose of longitudinal analysis.

The fieldwork for the first year of wave 1 was conducted between June 2009 and March 2010.

Respondents were then interviewed for wave 2 a year after their wave 1 interview, between June 2010 and March 2011.

Published 15 November 2012
Last updated 10 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. ONS have revised their estimates after improving the life opportunities survey weighting method.
  2. Link added to the the 'life opportunities survey: wave 2, part 1' results on the ONS website.
  3. Added audio file link and amended some text to correct style.
  4. First published.