Proportion of population aged 16 to 64 on out-of-work benefits across London boroughs (2016 and 2021 (Q1))
The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has increased from 8.1% in February of 2016 to 15.0% in February of 2021. Overall, this is slightly higher than the rest of England where 14.3% of the population were on out-of-work benefits in the same time period in 2021. The increase in out-of-work benefits is an understandable consequence of rising unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.
Differences amongst boroughs are striking in 2021. In February, 19.9% of the working-age population in both Haringey and Barking and Dagenham were on out-of-work benefits, whereas the lowest proportion was found in the City of London (5.7%). Changes over the 5 years varied from 3.6 percentage point increase in Camden (not counting the City of London) up to 10 points in Newham and Haringey. Ealing, Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Houslow, Newham and Haringey all saw increases of more than 8.5 percentage points.