London’s Poverty Profile
Official data from over 100 indicators, revealing patterns in poverty and inequality.
London’s Poverty Profile provides evidence on and insight into poverty and inequality in London. It shines a light on these issues to prompt action from local and national government, the third sector, faith groups, practitioners, experts, businesses, the public and indeed anyone who cares about making London a fairer city to live in.
Despite living in a global city with a level of economic performance to be proud of, many Londoners struggle to make ends meet, secure good quality affordable housing, or tie down the decent work they need to lift themselves above the poverty line. As a result, poverty is higher in London than in any other region or country in the UK. Across a wide range of indicators, there is a gulf in outcomes between Londoners on low incomes and those who are better off, both in the capital and across the rest of the UK.
Explore the five themes of London's Poverty Profile to find out more about poverty and inequality in our capital below. You can expect more to come from London's Poverty Profile in the coming year and click 'read more' below to see the latest indicator updates.
Latest indicator updates - December 2020
- Unemployment rate
- Unemployment rate by London borough
- Unemployed men and women
- Unemployment rates by age group
- Worklessness by ethnicity group
- Reasons for worklessness
- Worklessness for men and women by country of birth
- Labour market activity
- People on out-of-work benefits, by London borough
- Out-of-work benefits
- Pay inequality by London borough
- The age distribution of the population
- Old-age dependency
- Child dependency
- Migration in and out of London
- Net migration in London
- Infant mortality
- Poverty definitions and thresholds
- GCSE attainment in English and Maths, by population sub-groups
- Schools and income deprivation
- Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs
- Road traffic collisions
For information on how to navigate and access the data, take a look at the below video taken from a Superhighways webinar in July 2020 as our Director of Policy, Manny Hothi, talks you through it.
In July 2020, WPI Economics produced the following working paper looking at the relationship between COVID-19 deaths in London’s neighbourhoods and deprivation:
In November 2020, they produced analysis finding that the most deprived areas in London prior to the COVID-19 crisis have seen the largest increases in claims of unemployment benefits: