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Barking and Dagenham

Key points

  • Barking and Dagenham has the highest unemployment rate of any London borough, with almost one in ten (9.8%) working-age adults out of work. This is significantly higher than the London average (6.4%). But out-of-work benefit claims in the borough, at 12.8%, are much lower than the recession peak of 18.4%.
  • Compared to other London boroughs, private rents are more affordable in Barking & Dagenham, but a high proportion of private renters claim housing benefit. This could be because low income households move to the area seeking lower housing costs.
  • Homelessness has risen in Barking and Dagenham and across London since 2009. Barking and Dagenham has the second highest level of homelessness acceptances in London, but is 12th highest for the number of such households living in temporary accommodation.
  • Barking and Dagenham does particularly poorly across all four indicators of health.

Changes over time compared to London average


The charts above looks at how Barking & Dagenham has changed over time across a series of indicators compared to the London average.

Key indicators comparing Barking & Dagenham with London averages

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Notes and links

Poverty and low income benefits

1. Proportion of children estimated to be in low income households (Feb 2013) (here)
2. Proportion of working-age people in receipt of an out-of-work benefit (Nov 2014) (here)
3. Proportion of 0-19 year olds in working families receiving tax credits (2013/14) (here)
4. Annual amount low income households pay in council tax regardless of income (2015/16) (here)
5. Private renting housing benefit claimants as a proportion of private rented households (2013) (here)


6. Pay among top 20% compared to pay among bottom 20% (2014) (here)
7. Proportion of benefit claimants in the poorest quarter of areas (2014) (here)

Work and low pay

8. Proportion of working-age people unemployed (average for 2012 to 2014) (here)
9. Proportion of employees living in borough earning less than the London Living Wage (average for 2013 to 2014) (here)
10. Proportion of employees working in borough earning less than the London Living Wage (average for 2013 & 2014) (here)


11. Lower quartile rent for 2 bedroom as a proportion of full-time earnings (2014/15) (here)
12. Proportion of net-new homes built available at sub-market price (three years to 2013/14) (here)
13. Landlord evictions in 2014 per 1,000 renting households (here)
14. Proportion of households in overcrowded housing (2011) (here)


15. Households accepted as homeless in 2014/15 per 1,000 households (here)
16. Households in temporary accommodation in March 2015 per 1,000 households (here)
17. Proportion of temporary accommodation placements outside of borough in March 2015 (here)


18. Proportion of pupils on free school meals not achieving target standard at GCSE in 2013/14 (here)
19. Proportion of 19 year olds lacking level 3 qualification in 2014 (here)


20. Proportion of working-age adults with a limiting illness or disability (2011) (here)
21. Male life expectancy (average for 2011 to 2013) (here)
22. Proportion of children aged 11 who are obese (2013/14) (here)
23. Conception rate per 1,000 women aged 13 to 15 (average for 2011 to 2013) (here)

Comparisons with all boroughs

Compare Barking and Dagenham's overall performance against other boroughs