There are significant inequalities between the activity levels of different socio-economic groups; those from lower socio-economic groups are less likely to be active than those from higher socio-economic groups. It’s important to note that this is a diverse group that interconnect with, and are amplified by, race, gender, age and disability status.
We know that those who are in routine or semi-routine jobs, and those who are long-term unemployed are the groups least likely to be active. The activity levels of people with low socio-economic status are influenced by a range of complex social, economic, political and cultural factors. It’s important to have an understanding of the barriers faced by these communities so that we can begin to design activity back into daily life. Here you will find the latest research related to the physical activity and sport levels, motivations and barriers related to socio-economic status.
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A detailed breakdown of the latest Active Lives research into the difference in activity levels across socio-economic groups in Greater Manchester. Overall the socio-economic inactivity gap in Greater Manchester is smaller than the national figure.
A new fact sheet to help sport and leisure providers support disabled people from low-income households has been released by Activity Alliance.
In Greater Manchester, people in the lowest socio-economic status groups are twice as likely to be inactive (36.7%) as those in the highest groups (17.8%).
UCL is conducting a large scale research project throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and are exploring the effects of the pandemic on the population. This is being done by examining a variety of social factors, including physical activity, and looking at changes through weekly surveys.