Barking and Dagenham is an outer London borough located in the north-east of London. It has the lowest pay inequality amongst all London boroughs. Those at the 80th percentile in the borough earn 2.35 times more than those at the 20th percentile, whereas in London, on average, this number is 2.77. However, while pay inequality is low, relative income deprivation (from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation) is high; residents in Barking and Dagenham are 1.9 times more relatively income deprived than the typical resident in London.
There are a range of other poor outcomes in the borough. For example:
- Child poverty is one of the highest among the London boroughs, where 48% of the children live in households within poverty.
- Premature mortality in the borough is the highest in London, with 404 deaths per 100,000 people aged below 75, compared to 299 for London overall; and
- Compared to London overall, students have a below average GCSE attainment, with 71% of students in the borough achieving grades between 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C under the old system) in English and Maths. Across all London boroughs, this proportion is 75%. Nearly four in ten (39%) 19 year-olds in the borough do not have a level 3 qualification.
- The proportion of the working-aged population on out-of-work benefits in Barking and Dagenham, with 19.9%, is the highest in London (with Haringey). While across London, this proportion is 15%.
The grid below shows how Barking and Dagenham compares against London overall on key poverty and inequality indicators. Red text denotes the fact that Barking and Dagenham is worse than is typical for London on that indicator, and blue means it is better.