Children in poverty before and after housing costs

Date 3 November 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of children in poverty before and after housing costs by London borough (2017/18)

This indicator shows the large disparity in poverty rates for children in different London boroughs. Tower Hamlets is the borough with the highest rate of child poverty after housing costs, with a rate (57%) which is nearly three times as high as that of the boroughs (Sutton and Richmond upon Thames) with the lowest rate (21%).

It also demonstrates the large impact that the cost of housing has on poverty in the capital. In the borough with the highest poverty levels (Tower Hamlets), 35% of children are classified as being in poverty before housing costs are considered. Taking account of housing costs increases this figure to 57%. 

In almost half of boroughs, the child poverty rate at least doubles when housing costs are accounted for.