Barking & Dagenham

Date 2 October 2017
Date updated 15 February 2019
Overview

Barking and Dagenham is a north east, Outer London borough. It has longstanding issues of deprivation, and in our ranking across a range of indicators, it performs worst among London local authorities. It ranks particularly low on education and health outcomes, and on low pay. Nearly half of 19 year olds lack Level 3 qualifications, higher than any other borough, and infant mortality and premature mortality are also high. Barking’s 7.2% unemployment rate is lower only than Tower Hamlets, though it has decreased significantly from the 2011-2013 figure. 

On the positive side, it has the lowest rate of income inequality of any London Borough. And 43% of new housing completions in Barking & Dagenham were affordable – a higher proportion than any borough except Waltham Forest.

Barking & Dagenham has experienced significant demographic change since 2000. Part of the Thames Gateway is in Barking and Dagenham, and has been designated as a priority for urban regeneration. 

The rankings below give a snapshot of how Barking & Dagenham is performing on some key poverty and inequality indicators. The deeper the red, the worse the problem. Those coloured green are in the top half of London boroughs.

The slider shows whether the issue is getting better or worse on comparative years. Where there is no change, the circle is orange. Where there is no comparative data, the circle is grey. 

Barking & Dagenham ranking on key indicators
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Homeless acceptances

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29 /32

Low Pay

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Barking & Dagenham indicator rankings over time

Infant mortality

4.5

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Premature mortality

759

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Evictions

26

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Housing affordability

52%

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Housing delivery

927

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Low Pay

31%

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Low pay change

-1.13%

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Poverty rate

28.13%

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Child poverty rate

37%

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Homeless acceptances

7

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Temporary Accommodation

26%

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Unemployment ratio

7.21%

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Unemployment change

-2.95%

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Out-of-work benefits

10.00%

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Council Tax Support cut

£240.79

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Income inequality

116%

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Pay inequality

2.6

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GCSE attainment

50%

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Qualifications at 19

46%

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