Poverty and family structure

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of households in poverty by family type (2017-18)

Poverty rates amongst most household types in London are higher than in the rest of England. For example, the poverty rate for couple pensioners (21%) in London is almost twice that of couple pensioners (12%) in the rest of England. Similarly, 29% of couples with children are in poverty in London compared to 21% in the rest of England. The exception is couples without children, where poverty rates (12%) are the same in London and the rest of England.

Single parents with children are more likely to be in poverty than any other type of household. Over half of single parents in London (53%) were in poverty, more than four times the proportion of couples without children. 

The biggest difference in the composition of those in poverty between London and the rest of England is the proportion of those in poverty accounted for by single people without children. This group accounts for one in three (33%) of those in poverty in London, but 28% of those in poverty in the rest of England.

Family types in poverty (2017-18)