Wandsworth, Redbridge, Harrow, Bexley and Kingston top a new index of the capital’s boroughs
Reading scores highest for quality of life while London is closest to the bottom
A teenager has died during a police pursuit in Reading. The incident happened just before 11.30pm last night.
Pupils and staff had to be evacuated from a primary school after an excessive amount of a swimming pool chemical was thrown into the school pool during a break-in.
Thames Valley Police officers attended Southcote Primary School in Reading earlier today and everyone was immediately evacuated to the nearby Blessed Hugh Faringdon School as a precaution.
The offenders are believed to have broken into the building in Silchester Road overnight, police said.
Police searching for missing teenager Jayden Parkinson in Oxfordshire have confirmed their missing person investigation is now a murder inquiry, despite no body having yet been found, and they are searching for a man seen with a suitcase
Detectives say they are keeping an open mind on the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson following arrests in Reading and Oxford.
The Oxford teenager was last seen in the Iffley Road area of the Oxford in mid-afternoon on December 3 and failed to return home that evening as planned.
– Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Murray, of Thames Valley Police.
At this stage, we are keeping an open mind as to what has happened to Jayden.
Due to the length of time she has been missing and the fact that she has made no contact with her family or friends, we are treating her disappearance very seriously.
A number of lines of inquiries have led us to this area and we are asking residents if they saw any suspicious activity on Sunday night into Monday morning.
Upton is a small area and I am hopeful someone might have seen something that they dismissed at the time but which may prove important to the investigation.
Jayden is white, of slim build with shoulder-length dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing light blue faded jeans, a brown hooded top with red lettering on it, a black waist-length jacket, and dark trainers when she was last seen.
Two people are being questioned by police on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of a 17 year-old girl after a man was arrested in Reading.
Jayden Parkinson, from Oxford, has been missing for nearly two weeks and Thames Valley Police said they are keeping "an open mind" about what has happened to her. A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he attended a police station in Oxfordshire.
A 22-year-old man was arrested at an address in Christchurch Road, Reading, on Thursday night and forensic officers have been examining the property.
London is a city of contrasts and contradictions –great scores for income and skills overall, but drill below at a borough level and we see marked contrasts, even in single boroughs. It demonstrates the scale of the complex issues, particularly around housing and transport the city is trying to tackle. The heavy reliance on suburban commuter zones for London workers has important policy implications for how local authorities prioritise and co-ordinate their investments with other areas.
– David Snell, London leader for PwC
There’s no denying the capital’s attractiveness as a business hub. But good growth and good jobs means more than just work and income. On the nationwide index, London’s ranking, in the bottom five, is the equivalent to a city with 25% lower income.
Ten London boroughs rank above average and could compete with some of the best scoring cities were they to feature on the main index. They are:
5.Kingston upon Thames
7.Richmond upon Thames
8.Kensington and Chelsea
London performs above average in the index on income - it is the highest of all 39 UK cities in the index - as well as in health, skills, and theenvironment.
But jobs, transport, housing affordability, income inequality and work-life balance pulls the London boroughs down to the bottom of the table.
Although above average on income, London falls below average in the index on:
- Housing affordability
- Income inequality
- Work-life balance
Overall quality of life in the capital is equivalent to a city with 25% lower income.
London comes towards the bottom of the index for a second year, despite having the highest average income, making it the exception in many ways.
London also scores well in international surveys of what makes for a great ‘world city’, but has a relatively low ranking in the index because of the issues associated with living in a large urban area.
The lack of affordable or suitable housing, congestion and long working hours are sufficiently prevalent in London to more than offset many of the benefits of high income levels.