Merton

Overview

Merton is an outer London borough located in south London. It is considered to be better than average for 5 of the 18 indicators in the LPP. Homeless acceptances, temporary accommodation and rough sleeping are all better than average, along with infant mortality and the proportion of people with no qualifications.

Only 2.46 out of 1,000 households are in temporary accommodation, which is the lowest rate of any London borough and falls much lower than the London average of 17 per 1,000. Furthermore, only 109 people were identified by outreach as rough sleepers.

Infant mortality rates in Merton are amongst the lowest in London with 2.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The borough has the lowest proportion of people with no qualifications out of any London borough, with only 2.3% of adults lacking any qualifications, only a third of the average London rate of 6.7%.

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

Merton indicator rankings

Infant mortality

2.5
Better than average ?

No qualifications

2.3%
Better than average ?

Premature mortality

304
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

32.5%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

36%
Average ?

Income inequality

0.67
Average ?

Pay inequality

2.72
Average ?

Poverty rate

20%
Average ?

Evictions

1.51
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.13
Better than average ?

Housing affordability

45.3%
Average ?

Housing delivery

50
Average ?

Rough sleeping

109
Better than average ?

Temporary accommodation

2.46
Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

73.2%
Average ?

Benefits

11.1%
Average ?

Low pay (resident)

20.6%
Average ?

Unemployment rate

5.2%
Average ?