A data led investigation into the
causes and consequences of poverty in London
Policy in Practice is bringing councils together to change the way we think about poverty. Our work observing the living standards of half a million households in London, over two years, shows that:
- Poverty is not static: Almost one-third of households moved into or out of work in the first year
- Financial resilience must take expenditure into account: This captures more households in work and who need support
- London has many self employed workers at risk of poverty: A quarter of all London households in work are self employed, nearly 80% will lose more than £4,000 a year under Universal Credit
- Households affected by the Benefit Cap are 3.5% more times likely to move into work
The project demonstrates what can be revealed when local authorities collaborate with their data. Tracking households over time allows policymakers to understand what support is effective. The evidence base we’ve developed is now a powerful tool, capable of influencing central government. Our approach is proven and deserves wider application.