Proportion of population aged 16 to 64 on out-of-work benefits across London boroughs (2015-2020 (Q2))
The proportion of working-age Londoners on out-of-work benefits has increased from 9.8% in May of 2015 to 12.2% in May of 2020. Overall, this is slightly higher than the rest of England where 12% of the population was on out-of-work benefits in the same time period in 2020. The increase in out-of-work benefits is understandable consequence of to the rising unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.
Differences amongst boroughs are striking in 2020. In May, 16.2% of the working-age population in Haringey were on out-of-work benefits, whereas the lowest proportion was found in the City of London (5.5%). Haringey also sees also the largest change, with a 5.4 percentage points increase in out-of-work benefits in 2020 in comparison to 2020
This variation between boroughs is also larger in 2020 than in 2015. In 2015 the difference between the top and bottom borough (Islington and Richmond upon Thames) was 6.5 percentage points. Whereas in 2020, this difference is 10.7 percentage points between Haringey and the City of London.