Croydon is a southern, Outer London borough, with the largest population of any borough. Croydon’s figures tend to be fairly close to the London average for a lot of measures, including the unemployment rate, child poverty and education indicators. The unemployment ratio has dropped significantly in recent years, from 8.4% to 4.7% - a greater reduction than any other borough except Newham. Only 21.5% of Croydon residents live below the poverty line, which is well below the London average of 27%. It is still higher than the national average of 20% though.
On the downside, 24% of employees in Croydon are low-paid, which is the highest level of any borough in South London. The homelessness acceptances rate in Croydon is also above the London average, with 7 out of every 1,000 residents accepted as homeless.
The rankings below show how Croydon 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.
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5% of new housing completions in Bromley were affordable in the three years up to 2015/16. This is far lower than the London average of 24%. pic.twitter.com/HJRPYMNWZs19 Jul 2018
58% of children in low-income families in London did not have a one-week holiday away from home with their family, because they could not afford it. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/children-and-material-deprivation/ …19 Jul 2018
Disadvantaged pupils in Bromley are 30 percentage points less likely to achieve a C or above in Maths and English than all other pupils. This is one of the largest GCSE attainment gaps in London. pic.twitter.com/5kaXv3NcRS18 Jul 2018
44% of part time jobs in London are low-paid. This figure rose significantly between 2010 and 2012, and has remained high since. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/low-paid-jobs-london-over-time/ …18 Jul 2018