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Poverty and life stages

Poverty for children, pensioners and working-age adults (2012/2013 and 2022/2023)

Last updated: May 2024
Next estimated update: May 2025

What does this indicator show?

This indicator shows the percentage of people in London living in poverty (after housing costs), split by life stages. For a more comprehensive breakdown of poverty in different age groups, visit this indicator.

What does it tell us?

Of the three age groups shown here, children have the highest poverty rates, with 32% of children in London in poverty in 2022/23, compared to 22% of working-age adults and 19% of pensioners. 

How has this changed over time?

In the last 10 years, the proportion of children in poverty in London has decreased by 5 percentage points - from 37% to 32%. The poverty rate among working-age adults has also decreased (from 27% to 22%), while for pensioners it has stayed the same (19%).

How does London compare to the rest of England?

Children, working age adults and pensioners all have higher rates of poverty in London than in the rest of England.

In the rest of England, the proportion of both children and pensioners in poverty has increased in the last ten years - whereas in London the child poverty has decreased, and the proportion of pensioners in poverty has stayed the same.

Want to know more?

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