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Poverty study exposes differences in quality of life across Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 October 2013

The most affluent Redbridge residents could live for up to eight years longer than their poorer counterparts, according to a report exposing poverty across London.

The London Poverty Profile, compiled by charity Trust for London, shows the richest 10 per cent of men living in the borough have life expectancies eight years longer than the poorest 10pc.

The difference for women is two years.

The report exposes a dramatically different picture for poverty indicators across Redbridge, including health, finance, employment and quality of life.

The borough had the highest rate of repossession ­orders for residents renting flats in London in 2010/11, when 800 households were ordered out.

In some Ilford South wards, ­including Loxford, Valentines and Clementswood, more than 20pc of homes were classed as overcrowded.

Redbridge Council and ­police have been attempting to crack down on “beds in sheds”, where rogue landlords unlawfully rent out ­uninhabitable outbuildings and other structures.

Only 165 affordable homes were built in Redbridge ­between April 2010 and March 2012 and demand for council housing far outstrips supply.

The Salvation Army, based in Clements Road, Ilford, runs a housing legal advice clinic as well as services to help residents struggling with everyday costs. Corps officer John Clifton said: “These indicators are a scary but real reflection of what goes on in our borough.

“A lot of these problems could be addressed through greater provision of affordable housing and by local ­employers paying a living wage.”

“As our housing legal clinic develops, we hear more and more about these issues and we are very aware of it, particularly with our work with the rough sleeper community.

“It’s a serious issue and the number of homeless people is still very high for an outer London borough.”

More than a quarter of jobs in the borough are classed as low-paid because they are under the level of the London Living Wage.

Unemployment has risen slightly to 6pc but the ­borough fares well for other poverty indicators, having low premature death rates, average benefit claims and good educational achievement.

Redbridge Council failed to comment before we went to press.

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