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Key points

  • Bromley scores well on most indicators relating to poverty and low income: its child poverty rate is 21%, 16 percentage points below the London average. It also has a below average benefit receipt rate, and relatively few children in working families receiving tax credits.
  • The unemployment rate in Bromley is 4.5%, the second lowest of any borough in London. Only 15% of its residents are low paid, compared to a London average of 21%, though many of the residents work in well-paid jobs outside the borough as 26% of people working in Bromley are low paid. This is above the London average.
  • Bromley has the 2nd worst GCSE attainment rate for pupils on free school meals of any London borough, with 63% not achieving five good GCSEs (A*-C, including English and maths).
  • Homelessness acceptances have barely risen in Bromley over the last five years, and the rate is below the London average. It has seen an increase in the proportion of households in temporary accommodation, though this also remains well below the London average.

Changes over time compared to London average

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

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