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Data shows gentrification forcing poorest out of Tower Hamlets

By on October 19, 2015 in Pennington Street, Tower Hamlets

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.

Tower Hamlets indices of deprivation 2004 - 2015 compared (Image: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield)

Tower Hamlets indices of deprivation 2004 – 2015 compared (Image: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield)

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.

Tower Hamlets indices of deprivation 2004 - 2015 compared (Image: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield)

Tower Hamlets indices of deprivation 2004 – 2015 compared (Image: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield)

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.

Hackney indices of deprivation 2004 - 2015 compared (Image: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield)

Hackney indices of deprivation 2004 – 2015 compared (Image: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield)

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.

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