Tower Hamlets

Overview

Tower Hamlets is an inner London borough located in the east of London that struggles with poverty and inequality issues. The child poverty rate is the highest of all the London boroughs, with 57% of children judged to be living in households in poverty, compared to 38% in the typical London borough. While the unemployment rate in the borough fell by 3.8 percentage points between 2014/2017 and 2017/2020 - the fastest of any London borough, it is still higher than average at 6%.

Tower Hamlets has seen substantial increases in housing with an average of 680 new affordable, social and other discounted housing completions over three years (2016/17 - 2018/19). This is the highest of all London boroughs, the next highest being Greenwich at 360. 

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

Tower Hamlets indicator rankings

Infant mortality

4.3
Worse than average ?

Premature mortality

361
Worse than average ?

Qualifications at 19

32.2%
Better than average ?

Child poverty rate

55%
Worse than average ?

Income inequality

2.03
Worse than average ?

Pay inequality

2.97
Worse than average ?

Poverty rate

39%
Worse than average ?

Evictions

1.15
Better than average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.38
Average ?

Housing affordability

47.4
Worse than average ?

Housing delivery

680
Worse than average ?

Rough sleeping

459
Worse than average ?

Temporary Accommodation

20.19
Worse than average ?

Benefits

12.5%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate

7.2%
Worse than average ?

Unemployment rate change

-2.5pts
Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

68.2%
Average ?

No qualifications

9.7
Worse than average ?