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
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
A new report says that elderly people living in the UK suffer some of the highest levels of poverty in western Europe. Our @PovertyLondon data shows that 19% of London’s pensioners live below the poverty line, higher than anywhere else in England (14%) http://bit.ly/2P6l76w20 Aug 2019
Our @PovertyLondon Profile data shows that 37% of London’s children live below the poverty line. We all want to live in a society where families are able to make ends meet but the school holidays can be a particularly tricky time https://bit.ly/314GG8L1 Aug 2019
Do you use our data? If so, you can help us shape where we go next by telling us what you think: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMH8TH7?utm_source=All+Contacts+Post-GDPR&utm_campaign=ef92af42dc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_03_11_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f70f9911a5-ef92af42dc-133917493 …29 Jan 2019