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Thousands of disabled people have told ministers of the significant barriers they face in their daily lives, with only four per cent saying they believe the government provides a “good level of support” to disabled people.

A report on the results of the Disability Unit’s UK Disability Survey has analysed the responses of nearly 14,500 people, including nearly 11,000 disabled people.

The results informed the development of the National Disability Strategy, which was published last week alongside the survey results, and has been criticised as “not fit for purpose” by disabled people’s organisations.

Many of the concerns related to housing, access to public buildings, crime and safety, benefits, social care and transport.

Asked if they agreed that disabled people were able to live full, independent lives, only about a quarter of disabled people (27 per cent) agreed, while half (50 per cent) disagreed.

And asked if disabled people had sufficient financial support to meet their needs, less than four per cent agreed, while more than 82 per cent disagreed.

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