People on out-of-work benefits, by London borough

Date 3 November 2017
Date updated 9 October 2020

Proportion of population aged 16 to 64 on out-of-work benefits across London boroughs (2014 and 2020 (Q1))

The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has fallen from 9.8% in 2014 to 7.7% in 2020. Overall, this is lower than the rest of England where 8.7% of the population was on out-of-work benefits in March 2020.

Whilst the proportion of the working-age population on out-of-work benefits has fallen over this time period in all London boroughs, there remains significant variation in outcomes between London boroughs. For example, in 2020, 10.3% of the working-age population in Hackney were on out-of-work benefits, whereas the lowest proportion was found in Richmond upon Thames (5.2%). 

This variation was slightly larger in 2014, where 13.8% of the population in Barking and Dagenham were on these benefits and the lowest proportion was found in Richmond upon Thames (5.5%). The largest change in proportion size, by 3.8 percentage points, is also found in Barking and Dagenham between 2014 and 2020.