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The current context in Hornsey

Hornsey is full of opportunity, but can also be a difficult place to live, with complex challenges. At a national level poverty affects millions of people in the UK. Poverty means not being able to heat your home, pay your rent, or buy the essentials for your children. It means waking up every day facing insecurity, uncertainty, and impossible decisions about money. It means facing marginalisation – and even discrimination – because of your financial circumstances. The constant stress it causes can lead to problems that deprive people of the chance to play a full part in society. In London 27% of residents live below the poverty line and Hornsey stands at extremes when compared to much of London and the rest of the UK.



  • Hornsey has a young, ethnically diverse population. The total resident population in Hornsey is 282,904.

  • There are 60,877 children in Hornsey aged 0-17 years, representing 22% of the population

  • There are 27,190 older people over 65 living in Hornsey

  • Over 180 languages are spoken by Hornsey residents, and 30% of residents do not speak English as their main language.

  • Hornsey’s population is expected to increase by 4% by 2028, to 294,829.


  • The majority of Hornsey residents live in a rented property. 

  • 32% of households in Hornsey are one person households.

  • More than 3,000 households in Hornsey (25 per 1,000 households) are living in temporary accommodation.



  • Just over a quarter of Hornsey is made up of open space.

  • Hornsey has over 120 venues where cultural activity takes place, and over 70 events occurring annually.



  • 16% of Hornsey households are workless and 12.6% of households live in Fuel Poverty

  • 4 in 10 children in Hornsey live in households in poverty and approximately one in seven Hornsey pupils are eligible for and claiming free school meals.


  • Boys are less likely to reach a good level of development at the end of reception compared to Girls in Hornsey. 

  • There is significant variation in GCSE attainment across Hornsey and substantial attainment gaps between different demographic groups.

  • An estimated 5,700 Hornsey residents aged 14 and over are estimated to have a learning disability, and around 2,100 residents are estimated to have autism.

  • 8.6% of Hornsey residents have no qualifications.


  • There are significant gaps in healthy life expectancy between populations in Hornsey, the gap in healthy years of life between richest and poorest deciles is 15 years for men and 17 years for women.

  • Around 19,900 people in Hornsey are diagnosed with depression, 4,500 people have a serious physical disability in Hornsey

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