There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK

Read the latest research and statistics on a range of issues affecting people with a learning disability, from health and social care to finding work and friendships. 

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If you have a learning disability we would like to hear about your experiences with healthcare, mental health, discrimination, and money and support.  

Our Big Learning Disability Survey 2022

Hear from Dr Carla Barrett - Head of Research and Impact Mencap on why we’ve launched Mencap’s Big Learning Disability Survey and what we're hoping to achieve!

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Policy Shapers help us tell the government and decision-makers what life is like for people with a learning disability.

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About the research and statistics

Our research and statistics are drawn from a range of databases, government reports, websites of voluntary organisations and academic publications. We periodically update these pages as new research and data becomes available. Each topic page is fully referenced, and links are provided where possible.

If you have any questions about our research and statistics, please contact the Research Team by emailing