The London borough named one of the worst places to live in the UK and why that couldn’t be more wrong

London may be one city, but go from one corner to the other and you’ll find they are world’s apart.

There are so many little towns and communities here that make it such a diverse place – and, of course, the best city in the world.

But there are some places that have a worse reputation than others.

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Barking and Dagenham has been voted one of the worst places to live in England, coming in at number 43 on the list, according to a poll carried out by iLiveHere.

Around 1,500 ‘affordable’ homes at Dagenham Green have already been approved

The area is one of the top 10 most deprived areas in the UK, according to London Councils, and the second most impoverished borough in London in terms of income deprivation.

The iLivehere poll attracted 125,681 votes for 2021 found the East End town languishing on the list, but it seems it may have been given a bad rap.

The iLivehere poll attracted 125,681 votes for 2021 found the town languishing on the list, but it seems it may have been given a bad rap.

MyLondon has looked closer at the borough to look past the unfair reputation.

Barking and Dagenham house prices increased by 6.8 per cent in the last year, although they remain the cheapest asking prices in London at £319,220.

This is notably lower than the average London house price of £510,299 which is bonus for families looking for affordable homes.

Barking also aims to redevelop its under-used harbours and wharves on the Thames into vibrant waterfront attractions.

Notably the Barking Riverside Marina will see 10,000 new homes, a promenade, bars and restaurants, attracting busy city goers to a new side of the Thames.

Dagenham Studios CGI

Barking and Dagenham are both set to get new film studios worth hundreds of millions

They are let out to people in the area who are employed, but cannot afford to rent or buy privately and have limited access to social housing.

The properties include one-bedroom and two-bedroom new-build apartments in Weavers Quarter in Barking.

It works on a blind rent scheme meaning tenants don’t know what others are paying.

Properties are let at 65 to 80 per cent below the market rate and based on your earnings, you pay what you can afford.

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The area is also the destination for a new £100 million film and TV studio.

The studios will cover 22 acres, with 12 sound stages, virtual reality attractions and an events centre when it’s complete.

The East Brook Studios operated by US company Pacifica Ventures are expected to bring thousands of new jobs to the area.

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