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Londoners living in poverty

A new study reveals that 28% of Londoners are in poverty. And according to research commissioned by independent charitable foundation Trust for London, a quarter of all households rely on housing benefit to meet their housing costs.

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1 in 5 Londoners paid less than London Living Wage

The main findings of the report looking at the circumstances of the 2.1 million people who are living in poverty in London are:

  • 58% of those in poverty live in Outer London (10 years ago it was 50%)
  • For the first time there are more private renters in poverty than social renters
  • 43% (830,000) of people in the private rented sector live in poverty, more than any other tenure (this figure has doubled in the last 10 years)
  • Almost 1 in 5 working Londoners (17%) were paid below the London Living Wage (£8.30) in 2012. This is an increase of more than 40% over 5 years and means 600,000 people are in low-paid jobs
  • The majority (57%) of working-age adults and children in poverty are now in families that work

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