Poverty and inequality data for Lewisham

Key findings


of Lewisham residents are living in poverty, just below the London-wide rate of 27%.


of pupils in Lewisham did not achieve A*- C grades in English and maths. This is worse than any other London borough.


of 19 year olds in Lewisham do not have Level 3 qualifications, compared with an average of 34% across Outer London boroughs.


Lewisham is a south-eastern Inner London borough, with a mixed picture regarding poverty and inequality. Lewisham is among the worst four boroughs for educational outcomes: 42% of 19 year olds do not have level 3 qualifications (A level equivalent), the third highest percentage in London. Health is also a problem for Lewisham residents, who have a relatively high rate of infant mortality and premature mortality. 

However, Lewisham’s income inequality is the fifth lowest of any borough, and the poverty rate of 25.7% is below the London average of 27%. Lewisham is an ethnically diverse area, with 53% of the population recorded as white, and 47% as BME in the 2011 census.

The rankings below show how Lewisham 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.

Lewisham indicator rankings over time

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