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 56% of children judged to be living in households in poverty, compared to 37% in the typical London borough. While the unemployment rate in the borough fell by 4.6% percentage points between 2015/2018 and 2018/2021 - the largest reduction in London boroughs over this time period, it is now lower than the average London unemployment rate of 5.3%.

Tower Hamlets has seen substantial increases in housing with an average of 420 new affordable, social and other discounted housing completions over 3 years (2016/17 - 2018/19). This is the highest of all London boroughs, the next highest being Southwark at 380.

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 blue means it is better.

Tower Hamlets indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3.5
Average ?

Premature mortality

336
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

30.23%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

56%
Worse than average ?

Income inequality

2.03
Worse than average ?

Pay inequality

2.97
Worse than average ?

Poverty rate

39%
Worse than average ?

Evictions

1.30
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.40
Average ?

Housing affordability

50.7
Average ?

Housing delivery

420
Better than average ?

Rough sleeping

459
Average ?

Temporary accommodation

20.88
Average ?

GCSE attainment

73.4%
Average ?

No qualifications

8.9
Worse than average ?

Benefits

16%
Average ?

Unemployment rate

4.7%
Average ?

Unemployment rate change

-4.6pts
Better than average ?