Hackney is an inner London borough that extends north-east from the City. It is a borough that has changed a great deal in recent decades, but there remains high levels of poverty and inequality, particularly in how people access work and housing. In March 2020, 10.3% of the working age population claimed some sort of out-of-work benefit, the highest rate of any London borough. Hackney also has the highest rate of working-age adults who have no qualifications (10.8% compared to 6.7% for London overall).
Housing is a challenge in Hackney, with rents for an average one-bedroom dwelling in the borough standing at 61.2% of median pre-tax pay in London, one of the highest ratios in London. Equally, Hackney has one of the highests rates of households in temporary accommodation with 26.83 households per 1,000 in Hackney in temporary accommodation compared to an average of 16.55 across London.
The grid below shows how Hackney compares against London overall on key poverty and inequality indicators. Red text denotes the fact that Hackney is worse than is typical for London on that indicator, and green means it is better.