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London Met Lab: The Poverty and Deprivation Challenge

Poverty and deprivation

We want to work with our communities to support people into employment, reduce within-work poverty and improve London’s chronic problems around housing and homelessness.

London is a vibrant and exciting city but we face challenges. Our population is growing, our working patterns are changing, and poverty – linked to housing costs, low pay and debt – is rising.

The very rich and the very poor live side-by-side, and the inequality gap is widening every day. The current poverty rate in the UK is 22% and in London this is even higher at 28%. This is especially visible in our local borough of Islington, where 40% of children live in relative poverty, despite its popular image of prosperity and affluence. We want to work with our communities to support people into employment, reduce within-work poverty and improve London’s chronic problems around housing and homelessness.

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Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.