Published: 12th Mar 2019

Poverty and inequality is moving from inner London to outer London, with 1.4 million Londoners in poverty now living in the outer ring of the capital, a new report has found. The left-wing think-tank the Smith Institute has found that over 60% of Londoners living in poverty are now based in outer London boroughs, which include the likes of Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Croydon, and Harrow. The report, titled The unspoken decline of outer London: Why is poverty and inequality increasing in outer London and what needs to change?, has found that a ‘city-centric’ approach to economic development is pricing Londoners out of inner London, which is increasingly home to better job opportunities and ever-rising rents. The institute has urged the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the capital’s policy-makers to act to tackle inequality in the capital, such as by spending the £30m funding intended for Crossrail 2 on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)