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Living in Newham

The Newham Household Panel Survey, a survey of approximately 2,000 individuals in 1,000 households, is funded by the London Borough of Newham and between 2002 and 2004 was carried out on their behalf by the ULSC at ISER. Since 2005 the survey has been carried by IPSOS-MORI on behalf of Newham Borough Council.

The Newham Household Panel Survey is modelled on the design for the British Household Panel Survey to provide comparability with a national data source. The panel survey provides data on the current circumstances of the people of Newham and tracks changes in their lives over time.

The Newham Household Panel Survey (NHPS) has considerable potential for informing policy in a range of areas including the dynamics of poverty, housing, the uptake of education and training, employment experience and skills, access to services, factors affecting equality of opportunity and migration patterns within and out of the borough.

Newham is a culturally and ethnically diverse community and is among the most deprived boroughs in the UK. Residents of Newham display features typical of a disadvantaged community such as low incomes, low levels of qualifications, low skills base, poor housing, and poor health. There is a need to understand the factors underlying these elements of disadvantage and how they impact upon local people. The aim of the panel survey is to provide data which will enhance an understanding of these processes and inform relevant policies and programmes to bring about the desired change in the area; most importantly to improve the quality of life of local people. The panel design allows an assessment of the effect of regeneration policies within the borough as education, health, employment and other outcomes are observed over a three year period in the first instance.

See the Newham in Profile website for further information