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Out-of-work benefit claims in London

Key points

  • Out-of-work benefit claims are highest in East London, particularly East Enfield, Haringey, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, along with Newham and Barking & Dagenham.
  • All boroughs except for Richmond and Kingston contained areas with more than 10% of working-age people claiming an out-of-work benefit.
  • The level of claims has fallen across London in the last five years.

Out-of-work benefit claims in London

What does the graph show?

The map shows how the out-of-work benefit claim rate varies across London. It shows that East London contains some of the highest levels, particularly East Enfield, Haringey, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, along with Newham and Barking & Dagenham. But all boroughs except for Richmond and Kingston contained areas with more than 10% of working-age people claiming an out-of-work benefit.

The level of claims has fallen across London in the last five years. Although, Barking & Dagenham has the highest rate of any borough at 12.9%, this is 5.4 percentage points lower than in 2009, the joint biggest fall with Tower Hamlets and Newham. Tower Hamlets now has the 9th highest rate at 10.6% and Newham the 12th highest at 10.0%.

Data used

Working age client group benefit claims, DWP

Indicator last updated: 20 October 2015