It is situated east of the City of London, and is north of the River Thames. According to 2005 estimates, Newham is the most ethnically diverse district in the country, with no particular ethnic group dominating (39% of the population is White, 33% is Asian, and 22% is Black).
When using Simpson's Diversity Index on 10 aggregated ethnic groups, the 2001 census identified Newham as the most ethnically diverse district in England and Wales, with 9 wards in the top 15.. However, when using the 16 ethnic categories in the Census so that White Irish and White Other ethnic minorities are also included in the analysis, Newham becomes the 2nd most ethnically diverse borough with 6 out of the top 15 wards, behind Brent with 7 out of the top 15 wards.
Using the aggregated ethnic groups drawn from the 2001 Census indicates Little Ilford in Newham to be the most ethnically diverse ward in the United Kingdom. When using the 16 ethnic group categories, this ward becomes the second most ethnically diverse ward, behind Dollis Hill in Brent.
According to a study carried out in 2007 for a Channel 4 television programme, it is the "4th worst" place to live in the UK; the study took into account crime rates, school results, pollution, economic activity and property prices. In the 2006 study, neighbouring Tower Hamlets and Hackney came in at 2nd and 1st place respectively, while Merthyr Tydfil came in 3rd.
Although statistically counted as part of Inner London, the borough is still considered part of Outer London for purposes such as funding. This is because the majority of Newham was not part of the 1889-1965 County of London. However, much of the borough has historically formed part of London's built-up area and economically it is one of the more deprived districts. The council is actively campaigning to have Newham officially considered part of Inner London for all purposes in order to increase its level of government grant by £60 million. Newham is a challenging borough in a number of ways and currently has the second lowest recycling rate in the United Kingdom.
Newham has 60 councillors, of whom 54 are from the Labour Party (UK), 3 are from the Christian Peoples' Alliance and 3 are from Respect. The local elections of 2006 proved a disappointment for Respect: they stood candidates in all 20 wards, secured 26% of the votes of the whole borough, but still only secured 3 seats.
1960s model Celia Hammond.
Birkbeck Stratford is a collaborative project between Birkbeck, University of London and UEL to increase participation in adult learning. This is currently based on the UEL Stratford campus, but is planned to move to its own facilities.
Canning Town Library was first opened in 1893 and still operates in the original building on Barking Road (albeit with repairs and a reconstructed interior following damage sustained in air raids in 1940 and 1941).
Transport in Newham is undergoing a major upgrade, with the completed Docklands Light Railway and Jubilee Line Extension, with new or improved stations at Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford. Stratford International station on High Speed 1 is due to open in 2009. The Crossrail scheme will also improve rail connections to several stations in the borough. The Docklands Light Railway was extended to serve London City Airport.
Law Report: Location Is Relevant When Considering Whether Accommodation Is Suitable ; Tuesday Law Report: 28 November 2000 Regina V Newham London Borough Council, Ex Parte Sacupima and Others Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Henry, Lord Justice Latham and Sir Murray Stuart-Smith) 23 November
Nov 28, 2000; LOCATION WAS a relevant consideration in deciding whether temporary accommodation provided for a homeless person under section...
Thursday Law Report: Council's Accommodation Policy Was Unlawful ; 2 December 1999 Regina V Newham London Borough Council, Ex Parte Sacupima and Others Queen's Bench Division, Crown Office List (Dyson J) 26 November 1999
Dec 02, 1999; THE COUNCIL'S decision to discharge its duty to the applicants to provide suitable temporary accommodation under section 188 of...
Friday Law Report: Review Officer Did Not Constitute Independent Tribunal Where Facts Disputed ; 18 January 2002 Adan V Newham London Borough Council and Another ( EWCA Civ 1916) Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justice Brooke, Lady Justice Hale and Mr Justice David Steel) 14 December 2001
Jan 18, 2002; IN A case where there was a material dispute as to the facts, a local housing authority appeal officer, employed by the authority...
Tuesday Law Report: Appeal Procedure Related to Housing of Homeless Persons Was Fair ; 18 February 2003 Runa Begum V Tower Hamlets London Borough Council ( UKHL5) House of Lords (Lord Bingham of Cornhill, Lord Hoffmann, Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Millett, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe) 13 February 2003
Feb 18, 2003; WHILST A local housing authority officer, carrying out a review after the refusal by a homeless person of accommodation offered...