Poverty and inequality data for Brent

Key findings


of Brent’s residents were low-paid in 2017-18.


affordable homes were built in Brent in the last three years, 30% of all new homes.


of homeless households in temporary accommodation arranged by Brent council were placed within the borough.


Brent is a north west, Outer London borough. It is generally a poor area, with 33% of households living in poverty, and 31% of employees earning less than the London Living Wage – a higher rate than any other borough except Newham. Private rent is very expensive relatively to local low earnings – only Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Camden have more expensive lower quartile rent compared to lower quartile salary. With low earners spending so much on housing, it is not surprising that people are evicted in Brent at a higher rate than any borough except Enfield.

On a positive note, 30% of new housing completions in Brent were affordable in the 3 years leading up to 2015/2016, which is well above the London average. Brent also has the lowest proportion of temporary accommodation placed outside their borough, with 96% of temporary placements being found within Brent.   

The rankings below show how Brent is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs. The first section gives a snapshot from the latest data: the deeper the red, the worse the problem; those coloured green are in the top half of London boroughs, which are performing better.

The circles show whether the issue is getting better or worse in comparison to previous period. Where there is no change, the circle is orange. Where there is no comparative data, the circle is grey.

Brent indicator rankings over time

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