Our Community’s Needs

Kensington and Chelsea is a borough of extreme contrast, separated by the wealth of the south and extreme poverty in the north.

The Notting Dale ward, where we are situated, is within 10% of the most deprived areas in England and many local residents suffer from inadequate housing, poor health, isolation and low income.

Statistics from the Office of National Statistics and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have revealed that:

Unemployment

  • Unemployment is a major issue in the north of Kensington and Chelsea, with 10,400 residents unemployed borough-wide.
  • Over 6,100 North Kensington residents do not have any qualifications, making it difficult for them to find employment or progress with their careers.
  • In our local ward alone, 76% of households suffer from at least one form of deprivation around income, education, health or housing.

Child Poverty

  • 3,160 (43%) of children and young people in the north of Kensington and Chelsea are living in poverty.

English Language

  • In North Kensington there are over 1,800 households where no occupant speaks English as their main language, and over 1,400 residents speak very little to no English.
  • 53% of state school pupils in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea do not speak English as their main language.

Health 

  • The rates of self-reported bad/very bad health and limiting long-term illness in North Kensington, fall within the highest 20% in London.
  • Locally, mental health is the most common reason for long term sickness absence, and several local wards fall in London’s highest 20% for incapacity benefit claimant rates for mental health reasons.
  • Life expectancy is 16 years lower for men in the most deprived areas in Kensington and Chelsea than in the least deprived areas.

There are many ways you can help us support the needs of our community: