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Tower Hamlets

Key points

  • Almost half (49%) of children in Tower Hamlets are in poverty, the highest rate in London. It also has the fourth highest proportion of children in working families receiving tax credits (39%).
  • Tower Hamlets had the second highest unemployment rate across London boroughs in 2014, at 8.8%. This was falling however, in line with the rest of London, having been 9.4% in 2011.
  • Tower Hamlets has the highest ratio of pay inequality between the 20th and 80th percentile of any London borough, although it has a slightly below average rate of low pay among residents (19%). It has the lowest rate of low paid jobs.
  • The rate of homelessness acceptances in Tower Hamlets was about average for London in 2014, having fallen from a higher rate five years previously while across London the rate rose. Similarly, while the rate of households in temporary accommodation rose of across London between 2010 and 2015, it fell in Tower Hamlets, though the rate is still higher than average (18.6 per 1,000 households).
  • There is a high rate of overcrowding in Tower Hamlets, with 16% of all households overcrowded.
  • Tower Hamlets has the lowest male life expectancy of any London borough (77.5 years).

Changes over time compared to London average

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

Key indicators comparing Tower Hamlets 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 Tower Hamlets's overall performance against other boroughs