Child Poverty in London

15 Oct 2014 / Child Poverty in London

The Campaign to End Child Poverty has today published new figures showing that London contains 14 out of the top 20 local authorities with the highest rates of child poverty across the UK.

Child Poverty Ratios in the London Boroughs, 2014
The above maps compiled from their data show the percentage of children in poverty (after housing costs) displayed on a cartogram projection of all children living in London (left), where each borough is resized according to the total number of children living there, and on a conventional land area map (right).

Tower Hamlets is the London borough with the highest rate at (49%) and Richmond upon Thames the lowest (15%). In fifteen of the 33 London boroughs between one third and a half of children are poor.

Half of the top 20 UK parliamentary constituencies with the highest child poverty rates are in London. Bethnal Green and Bow which has 49% children in poverty is the highest in London and the lowest are Wimbledon, Twickenham and Richmond Park which each have 15% .

 
The London local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty are:

  • Tower Hamlets 49%
  • Hackney 41%
  • Newham 41%
  • Westminster 39%
  • Islington 38%

 
The local authorities with the lowest rate of child poverty in London are:

  • Bromley 21%
  • Kingston upon Thames 21%
  • Sutton 20%
  • City of London 16%
  • Richmond upon Thames 15%

 
The following maps show the boroughs of London resized according to the total number of poor children living there. A reference map for the colours on the left can be found here. The rank map on the right has the same shapes, but visualises how child poverty is distributed in relation to relative shares across the city. The colours show the areas ordered by their particular rate of child poverty, going from yellow for the lowest rate of child poverty via green to blue for the highest rate of child poverty.

Child Poverty in the London Boroughs, 2014

The data was compiled by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University for the Campaign to End Child Poverty.

Links

  Download: High-Resolution Maps (ZIP archive, 3MB)
  Further information: End Child Poverty (external website)

Related data

London boroughs: percentage of children in poverty (after housing costs)

Barking and Dagenham

37%

Barnet

27%

Bexley

23%

Brent

35%

Bromley

21%

Camden

36%

City of London

16%

Croydon

30%

Ealing

31%

Enfield

37%

Greenwich

33%

Hackney

41%

Hammersmith and Fulham

31%

Haringey

36%

Harrow

29%

Havering

23%

Hillingdon

28%

Hounslow

30%

Islington

38%

Kensington and Chelsea

28%

Kingston upon Thames

21%

Lambeth

34%

Lewisham

34%

Merton

25%

Newham

41%

Redbridge

31%

Richmond upon Thames

15%

Southwark

34%

Sutton

20%

Tower Hamlets

49%

Waltham Forest

35%

Wandsworth

27%

Westminster

39%



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