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Thursday, 20th October 2011

UK: Londonís Poverty Profile 2011

Source: Trust for London/New Policy Institute

From Key Findings:

Since the original report in 2009, child poverty has fallen in London, while working-age poverty has risen. The number of children and working-age adults in in-work poverty grew. Over one million people now live in low-income families where at least one adult is working, an increase of 60% over the last decade.

Housing costs are critical in explaining why London has the highest poverty rates of all England’s regions. Taking account of housing costs, the poverty rate in London is 28%, compared to 22% in the rest of England, and the gap has grown in the last decade.

220,000 households live in overcrowded accommodation, 60,000 more than a decade ago with most of this increase in the private rented sector.

The proportion of households in temporary accommodation has nearly halved since 2005 and has fallen since the last report but is still 10 times higher than the English average. London now accounts for 75% of all households in temporary accommodation in England, and most are housed in the private rented sector....

The poorest 50% have less than 5% of financial or property wealth. The richest 10% have 40% of income wealth, 45% of property wealth and 65% of financial wealth.

The number of unemployed Londoners is now above 400,000, the highest number since 1996, and the rate is rising more quickly than the national average. In total 900,000 working-age adults were either unemployed, economically inactive but wanting a job, or in a part-time job because they could not find a full-time one.

The unemployment rate among young people is at its highest level for nearly 20 years (23%) and is still rising. Despite, on average, being better qualified than other young people in the rest of England, young Londoners are more likely to be unemployed....

Babies born in Southwark, Croydon, Haringey and Harrow are twice as likely to die before their 1st birthday as those born in Bromley, Kingston and Richmond.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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