Londoners living in poverty
of Londoners live below the poverty line (after housing costs); down from 29% six years ago. In the rest of England it is 21%.
London children live in poverty (after housing costs). Children in London are more likely to live in poverty than their peers in the rest of England.
The indicators in this topic look primarily at incomes in London and how they compare with the rest of England. It does this mainly through the lens of poverty: those with incomes so low that they cannot fully meet their needs. Find out more about poverty and low income are defined here.
After you take housing costs into account, poverty is higher in London than in the rest of England (27% vs 21%). The number of adult Londoners in working families who are living in poverty has risen by 270,000 over the last decade. There has also been an increase in the percentage of people living in the private rented sector who are in poverty. 43% of people in poverty are private renters, compared to 36% who are social renters, and 22% who own their own homes. The percentage of people living in poverty in the private rental sector was 23% only ten years ago.
61% of poor Londoners live in Outer London. In the three years to 2015/16, 37% of children, 24% of working age adults, and 19% of pensioners in London were in poverty. 34% of people with a disabled adult in the household live in poverty, compared with 25% of people without a disabled adult in the household.
Low income: indicators
Work status and income
What is poverty?
Poverty over time
Disability and poverty
Poverty by age
Work and poverty
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
. @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
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