Brent's big turnaround

Brent has one of London’s highest poverty rates. Kim Wright illustrates how the council is working in partnership with several pilot initiatives to support residents hit by the cost of living crisis.

Known to many as the home of Wembley Stadium, Brent, in north west London, is the second most diverse borough in the country. It is a thriving cultural melting pot with more than 149 languages spoken.

This is a special place, but it is also a borough where one in three households live in poverty – one of the highest rates in London. Even more concerning is the fact that poverty almost doubles when housing costs are factored in, a crisis driving around 150 households a week to approach the council seeking homelessness support. In the wake of the pandemic, health inequalities are also a key challenge.

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