London – The Great Divide Map of 2022

  • A new map released by the Office of National Statistics shows which boroughs in Greater London suffer the most deprivation in any form.
  • Barking and Dagenham in East London has the highest proportion of people deprived in one of these ways, with 37.1 per cent of residents. Wandsworth has the least deprived area with 27.9 per cent of residents.

Which boroughs in Greater London experience the highest deprivation in any kind is depicted on a new map by the Office of National Statistics. The map, which depicts the whole United Kingdom, was created using data from the 2021 census, which clearly shows a north-south divide.

The map illustrates what proportion of each borough’s population suffers the most as the cost-of-living crisis continues to afflict the UK using four separate areas of deprivation in work, education, health, and housing.
According to the map, Barking and Dagenham in East London has the greatest percentage of residents who are considered to be deprived in one of these ways, at 37.1%.

Following closely behind are Brent (36.5%), Newham (35.8%), and Enfield (35.7%), where more than a third of the population experiences poverty related to housing, health, job, or education.

The least deprived area of London is Wandsworth in the South West, where just 27.9% of the population falls into at least one category of deprivation. These were the only two boroughs, along with Richmond upon Thames (28.1%), where fewer than 30% of residents experienced deprivation.

If no household member has at least a level 2 education qualification and no 16–18-year-olds are enrolled in full-time education, the family is considered to be educationally deprived. One who is not enrolled full-time in school, who is unemployed, or who is incapacitated is said to be experiencing employment deprivation. A family is considered to have health deprivation if one of its members is disabled. If a home is classified as household deficient, it either has no central heating, is overcrowded, or is in a shared residence.

London boroughs ranked by percentage of borough population experiencing deprivation*

(*households experiencing one or more dimensions of deprivation through employment; health, education or lacking household space)

  • Wandsworth – 27.9%
  • Richmond upon Thames – 28.1%
  • Kensington and Chelsea – 30.3%
  • Westminster – 30.4%
  • Islington – 30.5%
  • Kingston upon Thames – 30.9%
  • Hammersmith – 31.1%
  • Bromley – 31.2%
  • Merton – 31.3%
  • City of London – 31.5%
  • Lambeth – 31.7%
  • Tower Hamlets – 31.8%
  • Camden – 31.9%
  • Southwark – 32%
  • Greenwich – 32.1%
  • Lewisham – 32.5%
  • Hackney – 32.5%
  • Barnet – 33%
  • Sutton – 33.1%
  • Croydon – 33.8%
  • Waltham Forest – 33.8%
  • Haringey – 33.9%
  • Bexley – 34.2%
  • Ealing – 34.2%
  • Harrow – 34.5%
  • Havering – 34.5%
  • Redbridge – 35%
  • Hillingdon – 35%
  • Hounslow – 35.2%
  • Enfield – 35.7%
  • Newham – 35.8%
  • Brent – 36.5%
  • Barking – 37.1%

The study does not mean Wandsworth is any more affluent or isn’t suffering the cost-of-living crisis and experiencing high deprivation. Its public sector workers are calling for a Real Living Wage to be implemented across the borough. Over 9,500 UK firms who support the idea that everyone should get a wage that covers basic requirements pay The Real Living Wage, which is based on the cost of living.

Since Wandsworth Council is not yet recognised as a Living Wage employer, many of the employees it hires and pays receive wages that are below the minimum wage required to support a family. In Wandsworth Borough, more than 1 in 5 jobs—or almost 20,000 roles—pay less than the Real Living Wage according to the South London CitizenUK anti-poverty group. A third of Wandsworth’s children are growing up in poverty at the same time. Sadly, low paid employment has not proved to be sure fire way out of poverty; and it’s estimated that there are 72% of children living in poverty in the UK in families where one adult works.