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Bill arrears

Key points

  • 20% of people in poverty in London were behind with at least one bill, while 13% were behind on multiple bills.
  • The most common bills for people in poverty to be behind with were gas and electricity at 8%.

People behind with different types of bill

What does this graph show?

The graph shows the proportion of people in a family that is behind with a bill for generic items - electricity, gas, water, rent and council tax. Due to data availability it only shows a two-year average rather than the preferred three and should therefore be treated with caution.

Across London, 20% of people in poverty were behind with at least one bill, while 25% were either currently behind with a bill or had been in the last 12 months, and 13% were behind on multiple bills.

For people not in poverty the proportion behind on each bill was around 2%; among those in poverty the proportion was at least triple that. The most common bills for people in poverty to be behind with were gas and electricity at 8%.

Data used

Households Below Average Income, DWP

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015