Children in poverty before and after housing costs

Date 3 November 2017
Date updated 28 October 2020

Proportion of children in poverty before and after housing costs by London borough (2018/19)

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 (55%) which is more than three times as high as that of the boroughs of Richmond and City of London with the lowest rates (17%).

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), 27% of children are classified as being in poverty before housing costs are considered. Taking account of housing costs increases this figure to 55%. 

In all but two boroughs, the child poverty rate at least doubles when housing costs are accounted for (and even these two Barking and Dagenham and Newham the `After Housing Costs` rate is 1.9 times the `Before Housing Costs`).

In Richmond, City of London, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea the child poverty rate is almost three times higher after housing costs are accounted for.