Southwark

Overview

Southwark is an inner London borough located on the south of the river Thames. Child poverty rates here are worse than the London average, with 44% of children judged to be living in households in poverty (compared to 39% in a typical London borough). There is a greater-than-average amount of income deprivation in Southwark, with the average neighbourhood 50% more income deprived than an average neighbourhood in London. 

With earners at the 80th percentile earning three times as much as those at the 20th percentile, Southwark sees some of the greatest pay inequality in London. Southwark Borough Council also accepts more households as homeless given its size than most other boroughs. 

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

Southwark indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3.1
Average ?

No qualifications

6.5%
Average ?

Premature mortality

358
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

28.4%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

43%
Average ?

Income inequality

1.50
Worse than average ?

Pay inequality

2.43
Better than average ?

Poverty rate

31%
Average ?

Evictions

1.33
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

1.54
Worse than average ?

Housing affordability

49.1%
Average ?

Housing delivery

380
Better than average ?

Rough sleeping

567
Worse than average ?

Temporary accommodation

21.30
Average ?

GCSE attainment

77.2%
Average ?

Benefits

14.5%
Average ?

Low pay (resident)

14.4%
Better than average ?

Unemployment rate

6.0%
Average ?