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Key points

  • Wandsworth has the second lowest low pay rate for residents of any London borough at 12%, compared to a London average of 21%. People who work in the borough are more likely to be low paid, however, suggesting a commuter effect. The rate for employees based is the borough is 24%, compared to a London average of 17%.
  • Homelessness acceptances, at 5.8 per 1,000 people, are above average for both Inner London and London as a whole (4.2 and 5 per 1,000 respectively). However, households in temporary accommodation are below average. 17% of homelessness placements are outside the borough, less than half the Inner London average of 40%.
  • Wandsworth has a very low child poverty rate for an Inner London borough: 27% compared to the 46% average. It is also below average for out-of-work benefit receipt, which is 7% compared to the Inner London average of 10.4%.
  • GCSE attainment for free school meal pupils is quite low in Wandsworth: 59% do not achieve five GCSE's A*-C, including English and maths. The Inner London average of this statistic is 50%.

Changes over time compared to London average

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The charts above looks at how Wandsworth 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 Wandsworth's overall performance against other boroughs