In Greater Manchester the inactivity disability gap is 20.0% and has narrowed since baseline (November 2015/16) by 2.7%. The cause of this is not simply decreasing inactivity, it has been driven by an increase in inactivity amongst those with no long term limiting disabilities (+2.2%) and a decrease in inactivity rates amongst those with long term limiting disabilities (-0.5%).

Line graph showing inactivity over time by disability status

Borough Comparison

Greater Manchester has the same disability inactivity gap than England (20.0%) and five of the ten boroughs also have a smaller disability inactivity gap than England (20.0%). Since November 2015/16 seven of the ten boroughs have narrowed the activity gap, Bolton, Oldham and Wigan are the exceptions and have seen the gap grow by 5.2%, 2.7% and 4.9% respectively. Manchester and Trafford have both closed the gap by over 10% and 16.3% respectively.

Horizontal bar graph showing disability inactivity gap by area

Activity Alliance offer further information on the experiences of people with disabilities and long term health conditions and how to engage them in physical activity.

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All data is rounded to one decimal point, you can access the raw data here.

Published November 2021