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Camden: The Non-Local Authority

FOI response reveals surprising statistics about where Camden employees live.


Following the popularity of the post revealing that less than half of Bloomsbury’s councillors live in Bloomsbury, with one living in Morden, a further FOI request was made to discover just how local our local authority is.

One problem that those in Bloomsbury often face is that schemes are dreamed up for the area by those living miles away, with little local knowledge or understanding. To add insult to injury, these individuals are very rarely at all interested in the local knowledge held by residents and businesses.

So where do Camden’s employees live? How many of them live in Camden itself, and how many of them live south of Euston Road?

The employees considered in the request did not include contractor employees such as those working for Veolia.

The response revealed that Camden employ the number of 4278 employees directly, but only 655 of them live in Camden.

In other words, just over 84% of Camden’s employees don’t live in Camden.

No information was revealed as to where the employees outside of Camden live. But the whereabouts of employees living in Camden was broken down by ward, as per the request.

So how many live south of Euston Road, in Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, and Covent Garden?

Just 1.

Only one Camden employee lives south of the Euston Road, out of the total of 4278.

We are seeking clarification on this surprising statistic, although the numbers provided do ‘add up’. This employee lives in the Bloomsbury ward, while no employees at all live in the King’s Cross or Holborn and Covent Garden wards, apparently.

Along with the conspicuous lack of councillors living in the area, perhaps this statistic goes some way to explaining the short-sightedness of so many proposals in the area.

Some Consolation

In the request I also asked for the whereabouts of all councillors to ascertain whether any councillors serving wards outside of Bloomsbury live in Bloomsbury.

The following councillors live in WC1:

NameServesLives
Maryam Eslamdoust (Mayor)KilburnKing’s Cross
Thomas GardinerKilburnKing’s Cross
Ranjit SinghCantelowesHolborn and Covent Garden