Child poverty and type of housing

Number of children in poverty by housing tenure in London (2004/05 - 2019/20)

Since 2005/06, the number of children in poverty in London who live in private rented accommodation has increased almost threefold to its current level of 301,000 in 2019/20. The proportion of children in poverty in London who live in the private rented sector has increased from 17% in 2005/06 to 39% in 2019/20.

While the number of children in poverty in this group has increased, the poverty rate within this group has slightly decreased over the years; in 2005/06 the poverty rate for children in private rented accommodation in London was 56% and in 2019/20 it was 50%.

The number of London children in poverty living in the social rented sector fell sharply between 2005/06 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 62% in 2019/20.

Overall, more than eight in ten (84%) children in poverty in London live in either the social or private rented sectors.