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This new map shows London’s most deprived areas

There’s a clear divide between north and south London

India Lawrence
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India Lawrence
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A new map documenting deprivation in London shows a clear divide between north and south boroughs. The map, created by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) uses data from the 2021 UK-wide census and takes into account health, employment, education and housing.

A household is classed as educationally ‘deprived’ if no one in it aged 16 to 18 is a full-time student and no one in the house has at least level two education (GCSEs). A household is classed as health ‘deprived’ if any person in it has very bad general health or is disabled. To be ‘deprived’ in employment, a household will have at least one person who is unemployed or disabled and not able to work. Housing ‘deprivation’ means accommodation that is overcrowded, in a shared dwelling or with no central heating. 

The map data shows that residents in north and east London are more likely to be worse off than those in the south or west. Barking & Dagenham in east London is shown to be the most deprived borough, with 37.1 percent of its residents suffering deprivation in at least one of the categories. Close behind is Brent (36.5 percent), Newham (35.8 percent) and Enfield (35.7 percent) which all see more than a third of residents suffering deprivation of some kind.  

On the flipside, the least deprived areas in London are Wandsworth and Richmond upon Thames, with 27.9 percent and 28.1 percent of residents suffering some kind of deprivation respectively.

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