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Key facts

  • 27% of Londoners live in poverty after housing costs are taken into account, compared with 20% in the rest of England. The cost of housing is an important factor in London's higher poverty rate.
  • The total wealth of a household at the bottom (the 10th percentile) is £6,300; towards the top (the 90th percentile) it was £1.1 million. London's 90:10 wealth ratio is 173, almost three times the ratio for the rest of Britain (at 60).
  • In 2014/15 there were 27,000 landlord possession orders (permitting landlords to immediately evict tenants). This rate is more than double the rest of England. The highest rates were in Outer London.
  • Half of 0 to 19-year-olds in London (1.1. million) live in a family that receives tax credits. 640,000 children benefit from in-work tax credits and are likely to be worse off when these are cut in April 2016.

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