Official statistics measure poverty by household rather than for individuals. So it isn't currently possible to put a figure on the poverty rate for women. However, there are indicators in this section on work, low pay, health and homelessness. Because around 90% of single parent families are headed by women, we have included data on these family types in this section.
270,000 Londoners were unemployed in 2016, and it is almost evenly split between women and men for the first time. However, women remain much less likely than men to be in paid work, usually because of caring responsibilities. This is especially pronounced for some London women who were born overseas particularly in Afghanistan or Somalia.
Women in work remain more likely to be low-paid than men. In 2016 the biggest group among the low paid were female part-time employees at 220,000. Overall, 55% of low-paid jobs are done by women. There was an 87% increase in the number of full-time, low-paid women in London between 2011 and 2016 (compared to an overall increase in low-paid jobs of 52%).
Only 15% of rough sleepers are women. This partly reflects the fact that homeless women with children are usually regarded as in "priority need" by local authorities who accept their responsibility to house them. Single parent families are particularly likely to be living in temporary accommodation sourced by local authorities.
From our Twitter
This interactive table compares Poverty Child Poverty Inequality Homelessness Temporary Accommodation Evictions Affordability Unemployment Low Pay Benefits Council Tax Support GCSE attainment Infant Mortality Premature Mortality in each London borough. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/boroughs/overview-of-london-boroughs/ … pic.twitter.com/EuJJzZz4Tf23 Aug 2018
. @Hothi is explaining to our members how @PovertyLondon is changing. Many people use the raw data, but fewer have time to read the full report. Going forward, the Poverty Profile will become more intuitive and interactive for users across #CivilSociety . #BigDataDay pic.twitter.com/QVpyFP4f4214 Oct 2019
. @patrickjbutler uses our @PovertyLondon data to highlight that #TowerHamlets has the highest level of child poverty in #London (43%) as a surge of wealthy incomers are skewing deprivation figures. As a London council leader says the reality of poverty is still very much present https://twitter.com/patrickjbutler/status/1177481438985240577 …27 Sep 2019
Official figures suggest that the proportion of households in work has risen, however in-work poverty remains a growing issue. Our @PovertyLondon data shows that that there are 450,000 more Londoners in working families in poverty compared to 10 years ago http://bit.ly/2ZBVYRr30 Aug 2019