Barking & Dagenham

Poverty and inequality data for Barking & Dagenham

Date 2 October 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020
Overview

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 2.22 times more than those at the 20th percentile, whereas in London, on average, this number is 2.74. 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:

  • Premature mortality in the borough is the highest in London, with 400 deaths per 100,000 people aged below 75, compared to 303 for London overall; and
  • Compared to London overall, students have a below average GCSE attainment, with 60% 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 67.9%. More than four in ten (43.6%) 19 year-olds in the borough do not have a level 3 qualification. 

The grid below shows how Barking and Dagenham is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs and the City of London. Better than average (green) means Barking and Dagenham is in the top performing third, average (orange) means the middle third, and worse than average (red) the lowest performing third of all the London local authorities.

Barking & Dagenham indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3.5

Worse than average ?

Premature mortality

400

Worse than average ?

Qualifications at 19

43.6%

Worse than average ?

Child poverty rate

43%

Worse than average ?

Income inequality

1.9

Worse than average ?

Pay inequality

2.22

Better than average ?

Poverty rate

28%

Average ?

Evictions

3.22

Worse than average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.89

Worse than average ?

Housing affordability

44.9%

Average ?

Housing delivery

110

Average ?

Rough sleeping

49

Better than average ?

Temporary Accommodation

21.62

Worse than average ?

Benefits

9.6%

Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate

6.9%

Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate change

-3.5pts

Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

60%

Better than average ?

No qualifications

8.1%

Worse than average ?