Hollow Promise

How London fails people on modest incomes and what should be done about it

This report focuses on London’s modest earners – those earning below average, but not so little than they are entitled to benefits. Across the city
about 1 in 5 households fall into this category. London depends on these people – they work hard in essential jobs. Yet with wages flatlining and costs spiralling, they are finding the capital an increasingly difficult place in which to live. Continuing to ignore their needs could have severe consequences for London’s politics and future.

Drawing on a series of interviews with ordinary Londoners and a new synthesis of quantitative evidence, Hollow Promise offers a rich picture of the pressures facing London’s modest, hard-working families, and sets out a series of ideas that could help make life easier for them.

This publication has been generously supported by Circle Housing Group, Argent LLP, Grosvenor, London Borough of Ealing and London Borough of Haringey.

The full report is available by clicking the ‘Download’ button on the left hand side of the page.









Quantitative Research report

The findings of this report have been informed by quantitative research from Dr Margarethe Theseira. An accompanying technical paper can be found here.

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