Westminster

Poverty and inequality data for Westminster

Date 31 August 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020
Overview

The City of Westminster is an inner London borough located on the north bank of the river Thames in the centre of London. Westminster is best known for being the location of the UK Parliament, with Whitehall, Buckingham Palace, and many government departments all based here. Rough sleeping is a serious issue in Westminster with 2,512 people seen by charity and volunteer staff throughout the year (2018/19) - more than 15 times higher than the typical (median) London borough (163).

Pay inequality for employees that live here is high with the 80th percentile paid 3.04 times more than the 20th percentile (compared to 2.74 in London overall). Unemployment is very close to the London average at 5.1% resulting in income deprivation inequality being slightly better than London overall as there are not higher numbers of low income households in Westminster relying on benefits relative to other areas of London.

The grid below shows how Westminster is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs and the City of London. Better than average (green) means Westminster is in the top performing third, average (orange) means the middle third, and worse than average (red) the lowest performing third of all the London local authorities.

Westminster indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3

Average ?

Premature mortality

241

Better than average ?

Qualifications at 19

31.8%

Better than average ?

Child poverty rate

46%

Worse than average ?

Income inequality

0.87

Average ?

Pay inequality

3.04

Worse than average ?

Poverty rate

30%

Worse than average ?

Evictions

1.26

Better than average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.21

Better than average ?

Housing affordability

59.1%

Worse than average ?

Housing delivery

140

Average ?

Rough sleeping

2512

Worse than average ?

Temporary Accommodation

21.9

Worse than average ?

Benefits

7.0%

Average ?

Unemployment rate

5.1%

Average ?

Unemployment rate change

-1.9pts

Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

73.8%

Worse than average ?

No qualifications

6.9%

Average ?