Lewisham

Overview

Lewisham is an inner London borough located south of the River Thames. It has one of the highest proportion of working-age residents on out-of-work benefits at 9.3%. Across London, this proportion is 7.7%. However, the proportion of children in poverty (37%) is in line with that across London (38%).

At 40.9%, a large proportion of 19 year-olds in Lewisham do not have a level 3 qualification and only 58.1% of GCSE students achieve grades between 9-4 (equivalent to A*-C under the old system) in English and Maths. This is below the London rate of 68.7%. 

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

Lewisham indicator rankings

Infant mortality

2.9
Better than average ?

Premature mortality

357
Worse than average ?

Qualifications at 19

40.9%
Worse than average ?

Child poverty rate

42%
Worse than average ?

Income inequality

1.39
Worse than average ?

Pay inequality

2.77
Worse than average ?

Poverty rate

26%
Average ?

Evictions

2.61
Worse than average ?

Homeless acceptances

1.95
Worse than average ?

Housing affordability

46.3
Average ?

Housing delivery

190
Worse than average ?

Rough sleeping

229
Average ?

Temporary Accommodation

18.16
Average ?

Benefits

14.4%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate

4.3%
Better than average ?

Unemployment rate change

-1.4pts
Average ?

GCSE attainment

58.1%
Better than average ?

No qualifications

4.0
Better than average ?