London Met Lab: The Poverty and Deprivation Challenge
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.
Research and projects
Tackling student homelessness
While government policies have made university education more accessible to groups that were previously excluded, those same groups are also most likely to experience homelessness.
Is the age of ownership over?
The capital faces a paradox in its housing market: one in fifty properties are rented on Airbnb, while one in fifty Londoners are homeless.
What happens to undocumented migrants in a pandemic?
Maja Myhre, Lecturer in Health and Social Care and PhD candidate in Health Policy, reflects on the policy actions that have left so many unprotected.
Between a rock and a hard place
Patrick Mulrenan and Jane Lewis use tectonics to explore the nature of gentrification.
COVID is escalating homelessness - here's what we can do
London Met's Jane Lewis and Patrick Mulrenenan write about the worsening homelessness crisis for the Independent, and the action we take.
Students and the community
Find volunteering opportunities
Current students can use the careers website to find community volunteering initiatives.
London Met donates £14k of food to vulnerable Islington residents
The food, which would normally have been sold in London Met’s canteens and catering outlets, will be distributed to vulnerable people and organisations in need by Islington Council.
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.