Relative housing costs

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Housing costs as proportion of net income for households in poverty (2017/18)

Households living in poverty are spending a significantly larger proportion of their net income on housing costs than households not living in poverty. This is true both in London and in the rest of England. 

London households in poverty are estimated, on average, to spend 56% of their total net income on housing costs. In comparison, those living in households which are not in poverty spend just 14% on average. In the rest of England, a larger proportion of net income goes to housing costs for households living in poverty (37%) in comparison to households not living in poverty (9%).

Compared to the rest of England, both types of households in London are spending proportionally more of their net income on housing costs.