Merton

Poverty and inequality data for Merton

Date 31 August 2017
Date updated 15 February 2019
Overview

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.

Merton ranking on key indicators
24 /32

Temporary Accommodation

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22 /32

Housing delivery

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12 /32

Low Pay

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28 /32

Qualifications at 19

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Merton indicator rankings over time

Infant mortality

2.5

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Premature mortality

481

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Evictions

12

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Housing affordability

63%

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Housing delivery

294

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Low Pay

20%

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Low pay change

0.69%

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Poverty rate

20.33%

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Child poverty rate

24%

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Homeless acceptances

1

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Temporary Accommodation

48%

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Unemployment ratio

3.95%

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Unemployment change

-1.48%

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Out-of-work benefits

5.30%

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Council Tax Support cut

0

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Income inequality

136%

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Pay inequality

2.3

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GCSE attainment

46%

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Qualifications at 19

40%

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