Poverty and inequality data for Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest is a north east outer London borough, which performs in line with London averages on many indicators. The poverty rate of 28% is slightly above the London average of 27%, and unemployment ratio is also narrowly above the London average (5.1% compared to 4.9%). However, it is among the worst-performing boroughs for the proportion of the population accepted as homeless (and in priority need) by the council and placed in temporary accommodation outside the London.
On the positive side, income inequality is lower than every other borough except Barking & Dagenham and Newham though. However, 27.7% of workers are low paid in Waltham Forest, which is significantly above the London average of 21%
The rankings below show how Waltham Forest 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
Child Obesity is a problem across London, with 23% of year 6 children obese. In Newham the rate is even higher, at 28%.12 Aug 2018
The gap in GCSE attainment between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in Newham is 13 percentage points. This is the 4th smallest gap in London (joint with Hounslow).11 Aug 2018
36% of working Newham residents are low paid. This is the highest rate in London. However, while rates of low-pay across London have risen, in Newham they have stayed roughly the same.10 Aug 2018
1 in 5 of London's pensioners live in poverty. This is higher than the rate of pensioner poverty in the rest of England. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/populations/pensioners/ …10 Aug 2018