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Homelessness in Newham

Homelessness in Newham

The London Borough of Newham is the 25th most deprived borough in England, and Caritas Anchor House is located in Newham’s second most deprived neighbourhood. The borough is also an identified area of high homelessness. (Source: The English Indices of Deprivation)


  • One in 24 people in the London Borough of Newham is homeless - the highest in Britain. (Source: Shelter)
  • In Newham in 2016/2017 1,949 people approached the local authority for homelessness assistance, of which 1,206 were accepted as homeless (61%). 189 were recorded as ‘intentionally homeless’ 286 as ‘homeless not priority’ and 268 as ‘not homeless’. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • In the same period, there were 10.15 homelessness acceptances per 1,000 households in Newham, compared to 5.03 in London and 2.54 in England. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • In 2016, the rough sleeping rate per 1,000 households in Newham was 0.34; this figure has more than tripled since 2010 when it was 0.07. (Source: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics)
  • Newham recorded 396 rough sleepers in 2016/2017, and was the London borough with the greatest increase in rough sleepers for this time period. (Source: CHAIN)
  • The highest rate of homelessness in the country is in Newham, where 1% of all households were accepted as homeless during 2016/2017 – 1,206 in total. (Source:
  • Rough sleeping in Newham has increased by 49% from 2013-2016 - the sixth largest increase in London. (Source: Newham Recorder)  
  • Nearly 5,000 children live in temporary accommodation across Newham. Newham has seen a 42 per cent increase in the amount of homeless families from 2013 to 2015. (Source: Newham Recorder)
  • Newham has the highest level of overcrowding in the UK – with around a quarter of the borough’s 100,000 households living in a property which is too small for them – in four wards over 30% of households are overcrowded. (Sources: The Guardian, The Guardian)
  • Newham has experienced the largest increase in house prices in the UK. House prices have jumped by almost £60,000, or 22.2%, and now, the average home in the borough costs £340,706. (Source: Land Registry)
  • In Newham, 3,515 people have been on a council house waiting list for 10 years, the highest number of any area in Britain. As of the end of August 2015 there were a total of 15,721 applicants on Newham’s waiting list for social housing. (Source: The Mirror and The Wharf)
  • There are 17,535 social housing properties in Newham and 24,544 households on the waiting list. (Source: FOI report 2013)
  • Social rents in Newham are the highest in the country. The borough came top of 338 locations with an average rent of £128.89 a week. (Source: Newham Recorder)
  • In Newham there are 4,500 households in temporary accommodation – the highest number in London. Newham also has the highest number of  people placed outside the borough, at nearly 1,700. (Source: London Poverty Profile)
  • Newham has a deprivation rank of 51 out of 326 local authorities, where 1 indicates the highest level of deprivation. (Source: Centre Point)
  • 1 in  30 people living in Newham in private and social rented properties are under threat of eviction (Source: Shelter)
  • There were 28 homeless young people (16 – 24) reported in Newham from April – June; this is a rate of 6 young people per 10,000 being reported as homeless every 3 months. However, this is the number of young people accepted as homeless by the local authority. (Source: Centre Point)
  • The house house price for first time buyers in Newham have increased by 92% to £359,212 – the second highest in the capital. (Source: Property Wire
  • Over the last six years to 2017, rent in Newham increased by 47.4%, from £950 to £1,400, while earnings increased by just £122. Newham saw the second highest increase in rent of the 33 London Boroughs. (Source: The Wharf)


  • From a population of 245,000 in 2007, Newham’s population is now estimated to be at around 332,800, which makes one of London’s most populous boroughs. (Source: Office for National Statistics)
  • Newham has the highest proportion of BAME residents, at 73%. (Source: GLA Ethnic Group Projections)


  • 36% of working residents in Newham – or 38,000 people – are low paid, the highest percentage in London. (Source: London Poverty Profile
  • Newham has the fifth highest unemployment rate in London, at 6%, and skills shortages in Newham are also very high – 41% of the adult population lack a Level 3 qualification, the third highest in London. (Source: London Poverty Profile)
  • Over a fifth of Newham’s population live in an income deprived household. Newham is part of the top 20 local authority districts for income deprivation (Source: English Indices of Deprivation


  • Newham has historically had the highest TB rates in England, with rates of the disease over 7 times higher than the national average and nearly 3 times higher than the London average (Newham = 99.5 per 100,000).
  • Reasons for higher rates in London than elsewhere in the UK include: poor housing, nutrition & health triggering the activation of latent TB; higher incidence of health conditions which lower immunity (HIV, diabetes, cancer treatment); high immigration levels (London-wide over 80% of TB patients were born abroad); low awareness and late diagnosis.
  • Newham is amongst the 4 least active boroughs in London with only 50.4% of over 16s undertaking 150 minutes of physical activity per week and over a third physically inactive (33.5%), rising to 42.5% amongst women.
  • The estimated cost to Newham of its inactivity (in terms of health, premature deaths, sickness related absence, etc), is £23,021,280 per 100,000 16+ residents – substantially higher than the London borough average of £17.9m.
  • The Newham Health Profile (2015) found that 20% of Newham residents were obese and 56.8% are carrying excess weight, slightly lower than the England figures of 23% and 63.8% respectively.
  • Newham has the third highest childhood obesity rate in London at 28%  (Source: London Poverty Profile)
  • The rate of hospital stays for adults for alcohol-related harm is higher in Newham than across England and the fifth highest in London, with a rate of 2,608 per 100,000 of the population compared to 2,139 nationally.
  • Hospital admissions for alcohol-specific conditions were high amongst men (586 compared to England’s rate of 502 in 2014/15) and comparatively low for women (147 compared with England’s 235).
  • Drug misuse is an issue in Newham, with an estimated rate of 13.1 users of opiates and/or crack cocaine aged 15-64 per 1,000 of the population in 2011/12, higher than the national rate of 8.4186.
  • There were 20 deaths from drug misuse in Newham between 2013-15.
  • Newham's premature mortality rate is in the bottom half for London, with 654 deaths per 100,000 55-64 year olds (Source: London Poverty Profile)

Newham has:

  • The fifth highest unemployment rate in London at 6%
  • The fifth highest level of child poverty in the UK (37.5%) (Source: End Child Poverty)
  • The highest proportion of residents in low paid work in London

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