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Key points

  • 31% of employees living in Brent are low paid, the second highest of any borough and ten percentage points higher than the London average. 28% of the jobs based in Brent are also low paid, also above the London average.
  • Brent does worse than average on most housing related indicators: average rents are 75% of average earnings, compared to 57% for Outer London as a whole. It is also the second most overcrowded borough in London, with 18% of households overcrowded compared to an average of 10% across London as a whole.
  • Unemployment did not fall in Brent between 2011 and 2014, staying at around 7%. In contrast, it fell across London as a whole by 0.5 percentage points in the same period.
  • Homelessness acceptances per 1,000 people more than doubled in Brent from 3.3 to 6.7 over the last five years. It is now quite a bit higher than the London average of 5 per thousand.

Changes over time compared to London average

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

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