Grenfell Tower MP highlights huge social divisions in London | The Guardian

In some parts of the borough, average incomes ‘drop 10 times as you cross a street’, says Dent Coad [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

A damning report on inequality in Kensington and Chelsea has highlighted the close proximity of extreme wealth and poverty in the area around Grenfell Tower, revealing that in some parts of the borough average incomes can “drop 10 times as you cross a street”.

Five months after the Grenfell fire disaster focused attention on income and housing divisions within Kensington and Chelsea, a local MP, Emma Dent Coad, has compiled a report pinpointing the economic faultlines in the area.

Across the borough, life expectancy is the highest in the country, but the age at which people die varies dramatically depending on where they live within Kensington and Chelsea. In parts of Knightsbridge, near Harrods, a man can expect to live to 94; in a poorer part of the borough, near Grenfell, the average life expectancy for a man is 72, a figure which has dropped six years since 2010, the report notes.

The child poverty level across the borough is 27%, about the London average, but in the poorest pockets it stands at 58%, while in the most expensive stretch around Hyde Park it is just 6%. One street in Knightsbridge has a 0% health deprivation rating, but one block on a council estate two miles away (still within the borough) has a 65% health deprivation rating.

Source: Grenfell Tower MP highlights huge social divisions in London | Inequality | The Guardian

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