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Key facts

London's Poverty Profile is an independent assessment of poverty and inequality in the capital. It brings together different indicators to reveal how London compares to the rest of the country, how populations within London differ, and how London has changed over time. In its fourth review of progress, in October 2013, the key findings were:

  • The number of people in poverty in the social rented sector fell by 340,000 in the last ten years. But this has been more than offset by rising poverty in the private rented sector (up 460,000). At 39%, the private rented sector now has a larger share of people in poverty than either social rent or owner-occupation.
  • 26% of London households received housing benefit in 2012, a higher proportion and one that has grown faster than the average for England. Average housing benefit values are also much higher in London at £134 per week compared to £92 per week for England. As a result, changes to housing benefit will have had a wider and deeper impact in London. High housing costs in London and national caps to benefit will make large parts of London unaffordable to low income households.
  • Around 80,000 London families were estimated to be affected by the under-occupation penalty, losing on average £21 per week in housing benefit from April 2013. An estimated 475,000 families in 22 boroughs faced cuts in council tax benefit cut, with average cuts ranging from £1 to £5 a week.
  • In the first LPP in 2009 the Inner East & South stood out as the worst performing sub-region but no longer does do. Levels of deprivation in Outer boroughs both east and west, have been increasing.

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