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Tower Hamlets has biggest population increase in the country

Victoria Park spring time Pagoda

Victoria Park's pagoda in the spring

  • Tower Hamlets has the fourth largest economic output in the UK 
  • And is one of the most popular places in London to live and visit 
  • Yet suffers from high levels of deprivation and overcrowding  

Tower Hamlets has seen the biggest population increase in England and Wales – with the number of residents increasing by more than 22 per cent. 

The results were revealed by the Office of National Statistics in the 2021 Census results released on Tuesday and have heightened calls for better funding for the borough’s services to cope with the increased demand. 

Tower Hamlets is the densest populated borough in England with 15,695 residents per km2 – compared to the national average of 424 per km2. 

Tower Hamlets Council is already working hard to cope with the rise in population, and in the five years to 2021, built more affordable houses than any other London borough. However more investment is needed with 21,480 households on our waiting list. 

The council constantly reviews other service impacts of a changing population including demand for primary and secondary school places across the borough.  

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:  

“Tower Hamlets is a fantastic place to live and work so it is no surprise to see that so many people want to live here.  

“The borough has something to offer everyone. From award-winning green spaces like Victoria Park to famous markets like Columbia Road, from our Ofsted-rated outstanding schools to fantastic local shops and restaurants, and business districts like Canary Wharf.  

“However, like other inner-city boroughs, we suffer from deprivation and population increases cause even more pressure on services.  

“We have 6 per cent more children living in absolute poverty compared to the England average. Compared to the London average, we have 1.9 per cent more adults unemployed. The life expectancy of a person in Tower Hamlets is more than four years less than in Kensington and Chelsea. 

“The government’s levelling up agenda must provide more funding to areas like Tower Hamlets so we can cope with these pressures and give people more opportunities to improve their lives.” 

Posted on Thursday 30th June 2022