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Poverty and racism shape life in Tottenham

Issue No. 2264

Tottenham in Haringey is shaped by poverty and lack of opportunity. It is fuelling the anger behind the riots.

  • 6,550 people, 8.3 percent of the UK total, are claiming Job Seekers Allowance—more than half the 10,500 claimants in the borough
  • Benefit claimants are double the number across London—more than double the UK figure (3.4 percent)
  • Tottenham has the highest level of unemployment in London
  • Over 50 percent of those unemployed are young people
  • 40 percent of young people live in poverty
  • Tottenham is the sixth most deprived borough in London and council cuts are making things worse.
  • The council has cut its youth budget by 75 percent
  • Eight youth centres have been closed this year, out of 12

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