Southwark

Overview

Southwark is an inner London borough located on the south of the river Thames. Poverty rates here are close to the London average, with 40% of children judged to be living in households in poverty (compared to 38% in the typical London borough). There is a greater-than-average amount of income deprivation in Southwark, with the average neighbourhood 50% more income deprived than an average neighbourhood in London. 

There are slightly higher rates of unemployment and out of work benefit claimants in Southwark at 5.5% of the economically active population and 8.2% of the working age population respectively. However, between 2014/2017 and 2017/2020, the unemployment rate fell sharply (by 2.4 percentage points).

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

Southwark indicator rankings

Infant mortality

2.9
Better than average ?

Premature mortality

354
Worse than average ?

Qualifications at 19

35.4%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

44%
Worse than average ?

Income inequality

1.50
Worse than average ?

Pay inequality

3.00
Worse than average ?

Poverty rate

31%
Worse than average ?

Evictions

1.14
Better than average ?

Homeless acceptances

1.86
Worse than average ?

Housing affordability

46.3
Average ?

Housing delivery

180
Worse than average ?

Rough sleeping

548
Worse than average ?

Temporary Accommodation

20.37
Worse than average ?

Benefits

12.4%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate

5.8%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate change

-1.9pts
Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

66.3%
Average ?

No qualifications

5.4
Better than average ?