London’s Poverty Profile 2015 was published in October 2015.
The fifth report in the series, London’s Poverty Profile 2015 looks at how London has recovered from the recession in terms of unemployment, out-of-work benefit claims and the quality of work available; how poverty and inequality have changed at a time when average incomes have been flat; how London’s housing boom is affecting affordability, tenure patterns and housing benefit claims; and how local authorities have been managing their homelessness duty with reduced funds and restrictions due to welfare reform.
One of the key findings of the report is that 27% of Londoners live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account, compared with 20% in the rest of England. The majority of people living in poverty in London are in a working family – from 700,000 to 1.2m people in the last decade, an increase of 70%.
The report uses the most recent government data to consider London’s progress on key indicators since the last report in 2013 and over the last decade.
London’s Poverty Profile is commissioned by the independent charitable foundation Trust for London and produced by independent thinktank, New Policy Institute.