Waltham Forest

Overview

Waltham Forest is an outer London borough in the north east of the city. Over the past three years, the unemployment rate has increased in Waltham Forest very slightly, whereas it has fallen by 1.2 percentage points across London. This means that unemployment in Waltham Forest is one of the highest in London at 6.2% compared to 4.9% in the capital overall. 

GCSE attainment is a little below average with 64% of pupils achieving grade 9-4 in English and Maths compared to 69% for London overall.

Waltham Forest has performed reasonably well at delivering new social and affordable housing, with 290 new units completed over the past two years where the London average is 110. This should, however, be seen in the context of the size and density of the borough. 

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

Waltham Forest indicator rankings

Infant mortality

3.4
Average ?

No qualifications

3.5%
Better than average ?

Premature mortality

329
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

30.0%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

45%
Average ?

Income inequality

1.14
Average ?

Pay inequality

2.47
Average ?

Poverty rate

28%
Average ?

Evictions

2.24
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

1.14
Average ?

Housing affordability

41.6%
Average ?

Housing delivery

190
Average ?

Rough sleeping

261
Average ?

Temporary accommodation

16.47
Average ?

GCSE attainment

68.7%
Worse than average ?

Benefits

15.5%
Average ?

Low pay (resident)

17.7%
Average ?

Unemployment rate

7.4%
Worse than average ?