Child poverty and type of housing

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Number of children in poverty by housing tenure in London (2004/05 - 2017/18)

Since 2004/05, the number of children in poverty in London who live in private rented accommodation has increased almost threefold to its current level of close to 300,000. The proportion of children in poverty in London who live in the private rented sector has increased from 17% of those in poverty in 2004/05 to 40% of those in poverty in 2017/18.

While the number of children in poverty in this group has increased, the poverty rate within this group has remained broadly flat; in 2004/05 the poverty rate for children in private rented accommodation in London was 56% and in 2017/18 it was 54%.

The number of London children in poverty living in the social rented sector fell sharply between 2004/05 and 2011/12 (falling by more than 100,000). However, numbers have risen again since then and the poverty rate amongst this group is still the highest amongst all the tenure types at 57%.

Overall, more than eight in ten (83%) children in poverty in London live in either the social or private rented sectors.