Westminster

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 2,162 people seen by charity and volunteer staff throughout the year (2020/21) - more than 10 times higher than the typical (median) London borough (266).

At 7.3%, Westminster has one of the highest unemployment rates in London. Westminster performs better than average in terms of GCSE attainment, with 82.4% of pupils achieving grades 9-4 in GCSE English and Maths compared to 75.6% across London as a whole.

The borough performs better than average on mortality indicators, with both infant mortality and premature mortality in people below 75 years of age some of the lowest across the capital.

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

Westminster indicator rankings

Infant mortality

2.0
Better than average ?

No qualifications

6.1%
Average ?

Premature mortality

237
Better than average ?

Qualifications at 19

24.2%
Better than average ?

Child poverty rate

28%
Average ?

Income inequality

0.87
Average ?

Pay inequality

No data
Average ?

Poverty rate

30%
Average ?

Evictions

1.26
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.70
Average ?

Housing affordability

69.6%
Worse than average ?

Housing delivery

110
Average ?

Rough sleeping

2162
Worse than average ?

Temporary accommodation

15.09
Average ?

GCSE attainment

82.4%
Better than average ?

Benefits

10.9%
Average ?

Low pay (resident)

14.2%
Better than average ?

Unemployment rate

7.3%
Worse than average ?