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Key points

  • People on low-incomes make up a relatively large proportion of Hackney's residents. The borough has the second highest proportion of children in poverty in London (41%), and the second highest proportion of working-age people claiming workless benefits (12.3%).
  • Hackney is one of the more unaffordable boroughs when it comes to housing. The ratio between rent and earnings (at 76%) makes it the fifth least affordable London borough for low income renters.
  • The homelessness acceptance rate is the third highest across London (8.2 per 1,000 households).
  • Low GCSE attainment for young people on Free School Meals (FSM) is less of a problem in Hackney than in other boroughs. Though 49% of young people on free school meals do not achieve 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C, or their equivalent, this compares to 54% of FSM young people across London.
  • Hackney residents have some of the poorest health outcomes of all the London boroughs. 13% of working-age adults have a limiting illness or disability (the figure for London is 11%) and 26% of 11 year olds are obese (compared to 23% across London). Finally male life expectancy for men is lower than the average for London, at 78.2 and 80 years respectively. These figures make Hackney the second or third worst performing borough in London depending on the indicator.

Changes over time compared to London average

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

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