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Bexley lies within the south-east corner of Greater London, with good transport links to central London, Kent countryside and the coast.
The borough covers 23 square miles, stretching from the Thames in the north to Kent in the south.
It is made up of different neighbourhoods: Belvedere, Thamesmead, Erith, Slade Green, Welling, Sidcup, Crayford, Foots Cray, Blackfen, Bexleyheath and Bexley, each with its own distinct history and identity.
Although much of the borough is developed, there are also more than 90 parks and woodland areas, making it one of the greenest boroughs in London.
Some 218,000 people live in the borough, 60% of whom are of working age and a sixth are of school age. Around 8% of local people are from minority ethnic communities.
Approximately 50,000 residents work outside Bexley, although the borough itself has some 68,000 jobs, with Belvedere the second largest manufacturing area in the capital.
Unemployment is relatively low, at almost half the London average. However, there are pockets of unemployment in some parts in the north of the borough. These areas, together with some in the south, suffer from comparatively high levels of disadvantage and deprivation.
Bexley was recently recognised as the second safest borough in London in terms of recorded crime.
Educational attainment at GCSE is above the national average and, generally, Bexley is a healthy place - with people living longer and enjoying more years without illness or disability.
There is an active and growing voluntary and community sector which is highly valued by local people and there is a strong tradition of successful partnership working.
The borough has high levels of resident satisfaction and has been rated as 'excellent' by the Audit Commission, which is the local government watchdog. Bexley is one of only 26 local authorities in England to receive this rating. Bexley's social services and environmental management have also been nationally recognised.
Please visit our 'Census information' section (right hand menu) to view Bexley's statistics from the 2001 census.
The Information Observatory (see right hand menu) is an online information hub created to provide accurate and relevant information on Bexley for members of the public, researchers, Council employees and its Partners. A wide range of information is provided, including links to key external sources, which will be built upon over time and updated regularly. We hope that this site will become your one-stop shop for data about Bexley.
The Shared Zone is an online information hub which contains sensitive and/or un-audited information for Council employees and its partners. Colleagues are able to use this information to inform strategic decision-making. You will need a username and password to access the zone, and agree to an Information Sharing Protocol.
Please contact us if you would like to gain access and we would be happy to consider your request
Any data held on the Partnership Information Hub within the Shared Zone is considered confidential and should not be published or shared without permission from the data owner. You would have been assigned a username and password to access this site and these should not be shared.
This website is still in development and we will be uploading a range of information over time and updating these regularly. Users will also be asked to help develop an Information Sharing Protocol in the coming months.
We hope you find this information useful. If you would like to send us any comments, recommendations or even some data you think may be useful, please contact us.
Our contact details can be found in the right hand menu.
- The Partnership for Bexley Full details for Local Strategic Partnership (LSP)