One in five people over 15 suffers from arthritis, according to new research. The finding is the cornerstone of a campaign by Arthritis Care to press the Government for fairer treatment of sufferers.
The campaign intends to raise awareness of arthritis as the country's largest cause of disability, and to ensure that people with the disease are covered under the Disability Discrimination Act.
"As many as 72 per cent of sufferers meet the legal definition of disability, and they need to be aware of this,
said Emily Butler, policy and campaigns manager for Arthritis Care.
"There's a high level of discrimination, whether in employment, transport or social services provision, which needs to be reduced."
The £50,000 cost of the campaign is being met through a £500,000, three-year grant awarded last year by the Community Fund.