Kensington and Chelsea enjoys the highest property values, incomes and life expectancy in the UK. However, these figures hide huge inequalities:
- Life expectancy in some North Kensington wards is 11 years less than in Chelsea
- 31% of private housing units do not meet the Government's Decent Homes Standards
- 51% of Borough children attend private schools, but 35% of those in state schools qualify for free school meals - double the national average
- 62% of Borough residents over the age of 65 live alone, the highest proportion in the UK and double the national average
- 45% of children are living in poverty in the four most northern wards
More than 400 local charities work tirelessly to address these social and economic issues, bringing a wealth of local knowledge and experience to bear on them.
But most of these charities are small and largely unknown to local residents, many of whom are generous towards national and international causes.
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation links local residents and businesses to local charities, uniting the Royal Borough, and making life better for us all.