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Key points

  • Bexley had a slightly higher than average proportion of low paid residents (23%) in 2013/14, but a significantly higher than average proportion of low paid jobs (33%). Some of the higher paid residents of Bexley are likely to travel outside the borough to higher paid jobs. Both low pay among residents and low paid jobs in the borough have grown faster than the average across London.
  • Bexley had the most affordable rents in London in 2014/15, but almost half of private renters (47%) were claiming housing benefit.
  • Homelessness acceptances grew faster in Bexley than the average across London between 2009 and 2014, from 1.4 to 5.2 per 1,000 households.
  • Bexley had a relatively low child poverty rate compared to other London boroughs (23%), and a relatively low proportion of children in working families receiving tax credits (25%). However, it had the highest under-attainment rate at GCSE level of any London borough among pupils receiving free school meals, with 69% of pupils receiving free school meals in the borough not achieving 5 GCSE pass grades (A*-C) or equivalent in 2013/14.

Changes over time compared to London average

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

Key indicators comparing Bexley 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 Bexley's overall performance against other boroughs