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Key points

  • Westminster is the second most unaffordable borough in London when it comes to renting, with lower quartile rent for a 2 bed property costing on 105% of lower quartile earnings.
  • The proportion of new homes built between 2011/12 and 2013/14 that were classified as 'affordable' was the second lowest of all London boroughs, at 8%.
  • Westminster had an above average rate of homelessness acceptances, as well as one of the highest rates of households in temporary accommodation (20.8 per 1,000 households), while almost half (48%) of homeless placements were out of borough.
  • In recent years, trends in worklessness, low pay, housing and homelessness in Westminster have stayed in line with trends across London as a whole.
  • Westminster is one of the most unequal boroughs in London, with the third highest pay ratio between the 20th and 80th percentiles and the third highest proportion of out of work benefits claimants living in the quarter of areas with the highest claimant rates.

Changes over time compared to London average

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

Key indicators comparing Westminister 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 Westminster's overall performance against other boroughs