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Key points

  • Sutton has one of the lowest child poverty rates in London. 20% of the children in the borough are in poverty, compared to 37% of children across London.
  • GCSE attainment among young people on Free School Meals is below average. 62% of these pupils do not achieve 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or equivalent, the fifth highest rate in London. However, the proportion of 19 year olds lacking qualifications at level 2 or 3 is lower than average for London at 30% (compared to 36% for London).
  • A relatively large proportion of the jobs in Sutton are paid below the London Living Wage (28%) but only 17% of its residents were low-paid, below the London average.
  • The proportion of private renting households in receipt of Housing Benefit has fallen substantially in recent years, from 48% in 2009 to 30% in 2014 though Sutton is still above the London average (28%).
  • Sutton performs well across several health indicators, but when it comes to underage pregnancy it has the 12th highest conception rate (5.1 per 1,000 women aged 13 to 15).

Changes over time compared to London average

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

Key indicators comparing Wandsworth 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 Sutton's overall performance against other boroughs