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
Trust for London - Tackling Poverty and Inequality

The project proves what can be revealed when local authorities collaborate with their data. Tracking households over time tells policymakers 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.



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London Boroughs who are participating

  1. Barking and Dagenham
  2. Barnet
  3. Bexley
  4. Brent
  5. Camden
  6. Croydon
  7. Ealing
  8. Enfield
  9. Greenwich
  10. Hackney
  11. Hammersmith and Fulham
  12. Haringey
  13. Harrow
  14. Hillingdon
  15. Hounslow
  16. Islington
  17. Kensington and Chelsea
  18. Lambeth
  19. Redbridge
  20. Southwark
  21. Sutton
  22. Tower Hamlets
  23. Waltham Forest
  24. Westminster

Eighteen London Boroughs participated in Wave One

We are actively recruiting more London Boroughs to join Wave Two. It is free to take part and you’ll learn how the living standards of low-income households in your area compare to the rest of London.

Call 0330 088 9242 or email hello@policyinpractice.co.uk to join now.

London Boroughs not yet participating

  1. Bromley
  2. Havering
  3. Kingston
  4. Lewisham
  5. Merton
  6. Newham
  7. Richmond
  8. Wandsworth

About the project

Data can tell us what impact national and local policies are having on low income households and help us design interventions that work better for people.

Local authorities hold valuable data sets that, analysed intelligently, can give insights to help better understand the drivers of poverty in their area. This knowledge helps them meet the legal responsibility they have to support their most vulnerable people.

Supported by Trust for London Policy in Practice has embarked on an ambitious project to track changing living standards for almost one million Londoners. Combining anonymised household level data sets from councils across London we are tracking income, employment and poverty for half a million low income households over two years, on a monthly basis.

Wave One is now complete and we’re currently recruiting more London Boroughs to join us in Wave Two. To get involved email hello@policyinpractice.co.uk.

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