The poorest parts of Britain

Everywhere in Britain is feeling the pinch – but where is worst off?

Source: ONSRising prices and stagnant (at best) wages mean that Britons are feeling poorer, well, most Britons.

Because new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show one part of the country has done rather well over the last few years.

The ONS took a look at how much money households have left after meeting essential costs like mortgages, rents, council tax and heating costs.

It found that Northern Ireland was the poorest country in the UK, with a disposable income of just £13,966 per household, this was followed by Wales (£14,129 a household), Scotland (£15,654) and England (£16,251).

But while England had the largest disposable income per household overall, it also had the five poorest places in the UK – with London the only place in Britain with households consistently higher than the UK average.

Inner London West, with areas including Kensington, was unsurprisingly the richest part of Britain. Average household disposable incomes there were more than £10,000 a household higher than the next richest area – Surrey. Surrey was followed by Buckinghamshire, North-West London and Hertfordshire as the next richest places in the country.

By contrast, Nottingham was the poorest local area in Britain, followed by Kingston upon Hull, Blackburn (including Darwen), Leicester and then Portsmouth.

Highest household disposable income by area

Inner London - West
Buckinghamshire CC
Outer London - West and North West

Lowest household income by area

Kingston upon Hull, City of
Blackburn with Darwen

Regionally, the West Midlands was the poorest part of the UK, followed by South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, the Tees Valley & Durham, then East Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire.

Household disposable income by region in England

North East
Yorkshire & The Humber
West Midlands
North West
East Midlands
South West
East of England
South East

Household disposable income by country   

Northern Ireland