Brent

Overview

Brent is an outer London borough located in the north-west of London. The poverty rate in this borough is significantly higher compared to the overall poverty rate in London. Within Brent, 33% of people are living in poverty, while in all of London this number is 28%. 

Although the proportion of people in poverty is above average, pay inequality (based on the 80:20 ratio) is lower in Brent than in most London boroughs. Those at the 80th percentile earn 2.45 times more than those at the 20th percentile, whereas in London, on average, this number is 2.74. 

In contrast, housing is less affordable in Brent compared to other boroughs. The rent for an average one-bedroom dwelling in the borough requires 53% of the median pre-tax pay in London, compared to 46.4% for the typical London borough. 

The grid below shows how Brent compares against London overall on key poverty and inequality indicators. Red text denotes the fact that Brent is worse than is typical for London on that indicator, and green means it is better.

Brent indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3.7
Worse than average ?

Premature mortality

306
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

31.8%
Better than average ?

Child poverty rate

41%
Worse than average ?

Income inequality

1.11
Average ?

Pay inequality

2.65
Average ?

Poverty rate

33%
Worse than average ?

Evictions

2.57
Worse than average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.40
Average ?

Housing affordability

53.0
Worse than average ?

Housing delivery

60
Better than average ?

Rough sleeping

320
Worse than average ?

Temporary Accommodation

18.22
Average ?

Benefits

14.5%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate

5.7%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate change

-1.2pts
Average ?

GCSE attainment

69.1%
Average ?

No qualifications

7.1
Worse than average ?