Merton

Poverty and inequality data for Merton

Date 31 August 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020
Overview

Merton is an outer London borough located in south London. It has a relatively low rate of children who are living in households in poverty (29%, compared to the 38% in the typical London borough).

The borough has a lower unemployment rate (3.5%) than the London rate of 5% and most other London boroughs. Unemployment has also fallen more in Merton than across London overall. In Merton, unemployment has fallen by 1.9 percentage points since 2013/16. Across London, it has fallen by 1.5 percentage points in the same time period.

The grid below shows how Merton is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs and the City of London. Better than average (green) means Merton is in the top performing third, average (orange) means the middle third, and worse than average (red) the lowest performing third of all the London local authorities.

Merton indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3.1

Average ?

Premature mortality

281

Better than average ?

Qualifications at 19

38.1%

Worse than average ?

Child poverty rate

29%

Better than average ?

Income inequality

0.67

Better than average ?

Pay inequality

2.72

Average ?

Poverty rate

20%

Better than average ?

Evictions

1.51

Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.27

Better than average ?

Housing affordability

45%

Average ?

Housing delivery

70

Better than average ?

Rough sleeping

57

Better than average ?

Temporary Accommodation

1.79

Better than average ?

Benefits

5.8%

Better than average ?

Unemployment rate

3.5%

Better than average ?

Unemployment rate change

-1.9pts

Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

68.3%

Average ?

No qualifications

4.2%

Better than average ?