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In-work poverty

Key points

  • Over a third (35%) of people in part-working families and almost a tenth (9%) of people in full-working families in London are in poverty. Both of these figures are higher than they were a decade earlier.
  • The number of people in a working family in London overall is much higher than a decade ago.
  • The proportion of people in poverty that live in a working family in London has risen because there are more people in working families overall and the poverty rate among those in a working family is higher.

In-work poverty rates

What does this graph show?

The graph shows the poverty rates for children and working-age adults in part-working and full-working families. Full-working families are those where all adults work full-time or one works full-time and one part-time; part-working families are those where an adult is self-employed, not all adults work or they only work part-time.

Over a third (35%) of people in part-working families and almost a tenth (9%) of people in full-working families in London are in poverty. Both of these figures are higher than they were a decade earlier. They are also higher than for the rest of England where the rate has increased more slowly so the gap with London has also grown.

Overall 21% of people in working families in London are in poverty, up from 15% a decade ago. But the number of people in a working family in London overall is also much higher. Both of these factors have contributed to the rise in the number of people in in-work poverty in London.

Data used

Households Below Average Income, DWP

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015