Merton

Overview

Merton is an outer London borough located in south London. It has a relatively low rate of children who are living in households in poverty (37%, compared to the 39% in the typical London borough). 

Merton has a GCSE attainment rate very similar to the London average, with the borough seeing 68.8% of students gaining good GCSEs compared to 68.7% in the capital overall. 

The grid below shows how Merton compares against London overall on key poverty and inequality indicators. Red text denotes the fact that Merton is worse than is typical for London on that indicator, and blue means it is better.

Merton indicator rankings

Infant mortality

2.5
Better than average ?

No qualifications

2.3%
Better than average ?

Premature mortality

304
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

32.5%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

36%
Average ?

Income inequality

0.67
Average ?

Pay inequality

2.72
Average ?

Poverty rate

20%
Average ?

Evictions

1.51
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.13
Better than average ?

Housing affordability

45.3%
Average ?

Housing delivery

50
Average ?

Rough sleeping

109
Better than average ?

Temporary accommodation

2.46
Better than average ?

GCSE attainment

73.2%
Average ?

Benefits

11.1%
Average ?

Low pay (resident)

20.6%
Average ?

Unemployment rate

5.2%
Average ?