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Child poverty by ward

Key points

  • Using the HMRC measure, the ward with the highest proportion of children in poverty is Church Street in Westminster (50%).
  • The proportion of wards with high levels of children in poverty is ten times as high in Tower Hamlets (100%) as in Richmond (10%).
  • Two fifths of wards in London have a child poverty rate of 25% or higher.

Children in poverty using HMRC measure by borough


What does this map show?

The map shows that there were high levels of child poverty across the Inner East & South sub-region of London. But also there were a number of areas within the Outer East and North East of London with very high levels of child poverty.

At the local authority level, Tower Hamlets had the highest child poverty rate in the country at 42%. However, in the last year of data it also experienced the biggest fall in child poverty. In fact every London borough saw a fall in the level of child poverty, in line with the national trend, but in other parts of England, such as parts of the North East, child poverty rose.

It is worth emphasising that these estimates of child poverty are before housing costs, which make a considerable difference to the levels of poverty in London. It is also worth noting that child poverty levels fell the most in Inner London, representing part of the shift in the distribution of child poverty with a greater proportion of it being in the Outer boroughs.

Data used

End Child Poverty Commission, February 2013.

NOTE: The data on this page may not be the most recent available because this indicator was not updated in our most recent report, published in October 2015. Nevertheless, we have chosen to keep the page live because it tells an important story about poverty in London, and the general pattern described here is unlikely to have changed significantly.

Indicator last updated: 12 September 2016