Poverty and inequality data for Merton
of Merton's 19 year olds did not have a Level 3 qualification (A Level or equivalent) in 2015/16 - among the worst rates in London.
Merton is a southwest Outer London borough and a fairly affluent area. The poverty rate of 20.3% is below the London average of 27%, and the unemployment ratio is just under 4%, which is the sixth lowest rate of any borough. Merton also performs well on health indicators, with low rates of infant mortality and premature mortality. However, in the three years leading up to 2015/2016 the number of affordable homes only increased by 147 – the 7th lowest figure out of 32 boroughs.
The rankings below show how Merton 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.
From our Twitter
More working households in London are in poverty than they were a decade ago. The number of adult Londoners in poverty from working families rose from 566,000 to 833,000 between 2005/06 and 2015/16 (a 47% rise). For children, the increase was 303,000 to 477,000 (a 57% rise). pic.twitter.com/gjNTJMVdwQ23 Apr 2018
London’s population is younger than the rest of England’s. London has a lower proportion of people in every age bracket above 45 years than the rest of England. pic.twitter.com/DWQ3g0Gvv822 Apr 2018
Teenagers are the group who are most likely to be leaving Outer London. pic.twitter.com/JBvdqUKKHl21 Apr 2018
More people moved into than out of London every year since 2004/5. But the main driver of London’s population growth is its birth rate being higher than its death rate pic.twitter.com/H4zfLrooIg20 Apr 2018
New @centreforlondon report finds 70% of Londoners have lived here for 10+ years. More on London’s population at: http://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/londons-population-country-birth …19 Apr 2018