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
£32,823
Surrey
£22,068
Buckinghamshire CC
£21,484
Outer London - West and North West
£19,699
Hertfordshire
£19,559

Lowest household income by area

Nottingham
£10,834
Kingston upon Hull, City of
£11,287
Blackburn with Darwen
£11,722
Leicester
£11,855
Portsmouth
£12,294

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
£13,560
Yorkshire & The Humber
£13,819
West Midlands
£14,362
North West
£14,476
East Midlands
£14,561
South West
£16,014
East of England
£16,608
South East
£18,087
London
£20,509

Household disposable income by country   

Northern Ireland
£13,966
Wales
£14,129
Scotland
£15,654
England   
£16,251