Newham has the most expensive social housing in the country, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The average weekly rent for social housing in the area is £128.89 a week, nearly twice the amount of the lowest – Pembrokshire in Wales at £65.

Newham is the London borough with the lowest gross weekly salary at £111.10, which, when not taking benefits into account, means its houses effectively earn more than their tenants.

Hefty rents are a recurring problem in the Newham, as East Ham MP Stephen Timms has consistently voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms, dubbed the “bedroom tax”.

There were 110 areas around the country which exceeded £100 a week, with all 32 London boroughs falling into this bracket.

While not the worst offender, Tower Hamlets was still way above the national average (£92) at £115.78, while Greenwich scored a comparatively thrifty £111.15.

Without taking into account benefits received, those on the lowest 10% of earnings spent the equivalent of nearly 56% of their weekly pay on social rent in 2002. By 2014, this had risen to 73% of weekly pay.

In 158 out of the 348 local authorities across England and Wales in 2014, the lowest 10% of earners could expect to spend at least 75% of their wages on social housing rent.

Newham Council has been contacted for a response.