Comparison of indices of deprivation in Tower Hamlets and other London boroughs by Alasdair Rae. Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, clearly illustrates the continuing social cleansing of the East End caused by gentrification.
Examination of areas in London which were some of England’s most deprived in both 2004 and 2015 showed that in 2004 London had 462 of England’s 10% most deprived areas and that by 2015 this figure had shrunk to 274.
Good news? No.
The research points out that this is not because the poor are working their way out of poverty, they are just being forced out of Tower Hamlets – and other London boroughs – by the capital’s housing crisis.
You can read the full report here.
Fighting gentrification with data
Data mapping and analysis techniques were used to generate the maps on this page (see below for further data) which clearly illustrate one of the most fundamental problems that Tower Hamlets faces.
And the problem no national politician has the courage to address.
Fighting corruption with data
The practice of the corruptly elected previous administration of distributing grant funding on the basis of political favouritism, not need, have exacerbated inequality in Tower Hamlets. See previous research by Love Wapping (see Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward and Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward) on this subject.
For further information
- Here’s what we learned from mapping out England’s inequalities (The Conversation)
- Indices of Deprivation 2015 (University of Sheffield)
- English indices of deprivation (Gov.uk)