Published: 18th Aug 2020

An independent commission has claimed expensive rents in Brent have doubled the number of people living below the poverty line in the London borough. The Brent’s Poverty Commission reveals that one in six households (17%) live below the poverty line in Brent, but that figure doubles to 33% after housing costs are taken into account. It also found that more than one in five (22%) of children live in poverty in the London borough, doubling to a startling 43% after housing costs. The commission found that the borough’s proximity to wealth and the skilled employment offered by central London has driven housing costs up without raising pay locally, creating an affordability gap which pushes people into poverty and is a key cause of homelessness. It points to an acute shortage of social housing which has forced people into the private rented sector where rents are two or even three times … (To read the full article, subscribe below)