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
This interactive table compares Poverty Child Poverty Inequality Homelessness Temporary Accommodation Evictions Affordability Unemployment Low Pay Benefits Council Tax Support GCSE attainment Infant Mortality Premature Mortality in each London borough. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/boroughs/overview-of-london-boroughs/ … pic.twitter.com/EuJJzZz4Tf23 Aug 2018
The poverty rate in Barking & Dagenham is 28%, which is in line with the London average. pic.twitter.com/Bzuuw9RImg12 Nov 2018
Wealth inequality in London is far greater than income inequality. The wealth for someone just in the top 10% in London is 295x the wealth for someone just in the bottom 10%. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/topics/inequality/ …12 Nov 2018
The GCSE attainment gap (the difference between the proportion of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils achieving a C or above in Maths and English) is 13% in Hounslow. This is the 4th smallest gap of any London borough (joint with Newham). pic.twitter.com/8SZS3dwYPW11 Nov 2018