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Key points

  • At 66% the majority of households living in the private rented sector in Enfield are claiming Housing Benefit to help them to cover their rent. This is the highest proportion of any London borough, and is more than double the rate in London (at 28%).
  • The borough also has the highest landlord eviction rate in London. 30 households in every 1,000 are subject to landlord possession orders, twice the rate across London.
  • Working-age Enfield residents on low-incomes face some of the largest cuts to Council Tax Support. The average annual cut for these families was £251, the third largest cut across London.
  • The homelessness acceptance rate in Enfield has more than doubled in the last five years (to 4.6 per 1,000 households in 2014). This is similar to the rate across London (at 5 per 1,000 households), but low for Outer London where 13.5 households are accepted as homeless for every 1,000 households.
  • In terms of the provision that is made for homeless households, Enfield houses a large proportion of homeless households in temporary accommodation (20.9 per 1,000 households compared to 13.6 per 1,000 in London), though few are accommodated outside the borough (14% compared to 32% in London overall).

Changes over time compared to London average

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

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