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London is an incredible place, a city of
great wealth, cultural significance, history, influence.
London is a powerhouse of the world
economy, the City vies with New York City as the financial capital
of the world with many banking and insurance institutions having
their headquarters there. The London Stock Exchange, Lloyd's of
London and the Bank of England are all based in the City.
But it is also a city where great poverty
exists, where the richest and poorest live in close proximity to
each other but live their lives very far apart:
- In the three years to 2011/13, 2.2 million people were in
poverty in London after housing costs - this represents 28% of
London's population, 8% higher than the rest of England
- In London, the richest 10% by financial asset wealth have 60%
of all assets with the poorest 80% of the population sharing just
20% of all asset wealth.
- 26% of households in London received housing benefit in 2012,
which was higher and has grown faster than the average for
- The number of people sleeping rough in London has almost
doubled since 2009 with around 6,400 people sleeping rough in
- Londoners have been disproportionally hit by cuts in welfare
benefits, a reflection of higher living costs, particularly
Our future government, of whatever colour or combination of
parties, will be facing the same fiscal restraints but crucial
decisions on how and where cuts will be made could have a
significant effect on the Capital - and the work of the VCSE in
What are the election #poverty
priorities for London's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise
Sector? Here are some of the answers.
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