Income, poverty and welfare

This section provides briefings about poverty, social exclusion and impact of the welfare reform in the borough.

Housing Benefit in Tower Hamlets

Three in ten households in the borough are in receipt of Housing Benefit, a means-tested benefit which helps low-income families with their rent. This briefing provides a profile of households who receive Housing Benefit. 

Child poverty in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK. This briefing examines poverty rates by family size, work status and for small areas across the borough.

Deprivation in Tower Hamlets

Analysis of the 2015 Indices of Deprivation shows that while Tower Hamlets has become relatively less deprived according to the new indices, deprivation remains widespread and the borough also continues to have the highest rates of child and pensioner poverty in England.

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DLA reform and PIP

This briefing presents data on the emerging and potential impacts of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reform in Tower Hamlets through the introduction of the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions in Tower Hamlets

This briefing provides statistics about Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions in Tower Hamlets. This report explores the impact of sanctions, under the new tougher regime, which came into effect in October 2012.

The ‘bedroom tax’ in Tower Hamlets

This briefing provides a profile of those affected by the Bedroom Tax in Tower Hamlets. The figures are based on figures from the DWP that relate to the situation as of November 2013

Employment Support Allowance in Tower Hamlets

This briefing explores the local impact of the roll out of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - a new benefit for people whose illness or disability limits their ability to work.  

Financial capability

This briefing presents analysis of Experian data relating to levels of financial capability and exclusion across the borough. 

Household income in Tower Hamlets

This briefing provides an analysis of ward level household income based on the CACI Paycheck data published in 2013.

Indices of Deprivation 2010

The Indices of Deprivation 2010 (ID2010) provide a relative measure of deprivation for small areas across England. This briefing summarises the data for Tower Hamlets.

Note: These data have been superseded by the 2015 Indices of Deprivation - analysed in the report above; Deprivation in Tower Hamlets.

Poverty key facts

This briefing presents key statistics about poverty in Tower Hamlets. The analysis draws together selected indicators that offer different perspectives on the scale and severity of poverty in the borough.