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

Date 3 November 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Proportion of population aged 16 to 64 on out-of-work benefits across London boroughs (2013 and 2019)

The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has fallen from 10.7% in 2013 to 7.4% in 2019. Overall, this is lower than the rest of England where 8.5% of the population was on out-of-work benefits in 2019.

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 2019, 10% of the working-age population in Hackney were on out-of-work benefits, whereas the lowest proportion was found in the City of London (3.4%). 

This variation was slightly larger in 2013, where 15.6% 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 6 percentage points, is also found in Barking and Dagenham between 2013 and 2019.