Poverty and inequality data for Southwark

Key findings


of the working age population are unemployed, the fourth highest rate in London.


of 11 year olds are obese in Southwark - one of the highest rates of child obesity in London.


attainment for Southwark’s disadvantaged pupils is better than in most London boroughs.


Southwark is an inner London Borough on the south of the Thames. Its poverty rate is 31%, above the London average of 27%, and the unemployment ratio is 6.5% - the 4th highest rate in London. Infant mortality and premature mortality are also above the London average.  

However, 19% of workers in Southwark are low paid, which is lower than the London average of 22%.

The picture is also more positive for housing, with a lower eviction rate that other boroughs and in the top half of London boroughs for the proportion of new homes that were affordable in the past three years.

The rankings below show how Southwark 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.

Southwark indicator rankings over time

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