Westminster

Overview

The City of Westminster is an inner London borough located on the north bank of the river Thames in the centre of London. Westminster is best known for being the location of the UK Parliament, with Whitehall, Buckingham Palace, and many government departments all based here. Rough sleeping is a serious issue in Westminster with 2,757 people seen by charity and volunteer staff throughout the year (2019/20) - more than 10 times higher than the typical (median) London borough (266).

Pay inequality for employees that live in Westminster is the highest in London, with earners at the 80th percentile making over three times as much as those on the 20th percentile (compared to 2.74 in London overall). Westminster performs better than average in terms of GCSE attainment, with 75.2% of pupils achieving grades 9-4 in GCSE English and Maths compared to 68.7% across London as a whole.

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

Westminster indicator rankings

Infant mortality

2.0
Better than average ?

No qualifications

6.1%
Average ?

Premature mortality

237
Better than average ?

Qualifications at 19

24.2%
Better than average ?

Child poverty rate

28%
Average ?

Income inequality

0.87
Average ?

Pay inequality

No data
Average ?

Poverty rate

30%
Average ?

Evictions

1.26
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.70
Average ?

Housing affordability

69.6%
Worse than average ?

Housing delivery

110
Average ?

Rough sleeping

2162
Worse than average ?

Temporary accommodation

15.09
Average ?

GCSE attainment

82.4%
Better than average ?

Benefits

10.9%
Average ?

Low pay (resident)

14.2%
Better than average ?

Unemployment rate

7.3%
Worse than average ?