Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Getting hitched, or planning a civil partnership, naming ceremony or other big event? Check out Islington and the City of London’s fantastic venues on our brand new Say I Do website. With details of all our registered venues, as well as amazing 360 degree panoramas of the Town Hall’s own registered rooms, there is something for every style and budget. The new website has been developed as part of the council's Customer Transformation Programme, to improve how residents can access the registrars' service and make sure they can get the information they need quickly and efficiently.
Links for Living, the new and improved Adult Social Care directory is now online. The new ‘options tool’ helps people to make choices about their care and support. The directory is a comprehensive guide to local services and organisations including debt advice, housing, transport, carers, day centres and social activities. See here.
Transport for London has begun its public consultation on the proposals to change Old Street roundabout to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The consultation is now open and will run until Sunday 11 January. See here.
Have your say on shaping the future development of Finsbury Park. The area is due to undergo a huge transformation with the construction of a large mixed-use redevelopment including 335 homes and a new station ticket hall. The consultation ends on 15 December 2014. See here.
Like all counties, boroughs and districts throughout Britain, large numbers of men left to fight in the First World War (1914-18) but many never returned home. We have been thinking about the 9400 men (and three women), with Islington connections who didn't come back, and where they came from in the borough. As an on-going project, we so far have residence details for 4300 people and would welcome help to locate the others.
The project describes both Finsbury and Islington because, at the time of the First World War, these two areas made up two different boroughs. They now form our modern London Borough of Islington.
The STLB project draws upon the database created for the Islington Book of Remembrance, which accumulated the names for all casualties of conflict (military and civilian) from the 20th century up to the 1950s. This is where we are gathering memories about these people and media such as images of them and their families.
The STLB focuses just upon the First World War casualties and locates them on an interactive map by their last known address. The poppies which mark each man are scattered around the world, because we have collected information about all casualties with an Islington connection. That is:
Those born in Finsbury or Islington and living here at the time of their deaths
Those born elsewhere but living in Finsbury or Islington at the time of their deaths
Those born in Finsbury or Islington but living elsewhere at the time of their deaths
This is the reason why the map shows so many people living elsewhere in London and Britain, as well as far away in Canada and New Zealand.
The map is fully interactive, and has functions similar to other map applications such as Google Maps or Google earth. The master database behind the map records the following:
There is a desperate shortage of affordable homes in Islington, so providing more suitable, affordable properties is one of the council's priorities. Overcrowding is also worse in Islington than in many other London boroughs, affecting the educational and employment prospects and health of many residents. To help address these problems, the council is committed to delivering 2,000 affordable homes (including the council's new build homes) in the borough by 2015. See here.
As Islington is already built-up, the council is looking at making better use of under-developed, unusual and unloved spaces for many new build projects. We want to build a range of new council homes - houses, maisonettes and flats - and as much family-sized accommodation as possible. We also intend to build new homes that are energy efficient and cheaper to run and make improvements to the surrounding environment they are built on.
The new homes are designed and built to a high standard. Below are some of the key design standards:
Homes and Communities Agency Design and Quality Standards
Secure By Design
A minimum of Code Level 4 for Sustainable Homes (where possible)
London Housing Design Guide
The council has already earmarked money to build new council housing in line with its priorities. While the majority of new homes that are built will be council housing, we also look to sell some properties on the open market or make them available for part rent/part buy to help pay for additional new affordable housing.
Under our new Local Lettings Policy, we offer new homes to existing estate tenants first. This helps to free up homes for other local families in need.
Islington Library service subscribes to the online database Newsbank. Along with providing all the news articles from the major national papers (with the exception of the Daily Mail) for the past years back to 2000 and beyond they also produce a number of special reports. You can access this and the other online resources as long as you have a current Islington library card and can be accessed here.
NewsBank's Special Reports are news articles, images, videos, maps and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Easily accessible within NewsBank resources, they enable you to quickly locate information on a specific subject while helping you gain better insight into current global issues and events. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily. There are over 60 Reports.
For the first time, information on every general practice in England has been analysed and published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to show the public how it will decide which surgeries it will inspect and what it will focus on.
While CQC can only judge the quality of care within a service once it has carried out an inspection, the analysis indicates which services appear to be doing well, alongside where people may not be receiving high-quality and compassionate care.
The ‘intelligent monitoring’ of general practices includes evidence on patient experience, care and treatment, and is based on sources including surveys and official statistics.
CQC has produced thirty-eight indicators on whether patients at the surgery could be at ‘risk’ or ‘elevated risk’ beyond what would be expected normally for each of these.
CQC has then placed every practice into bandings from one (highest perceived concern) to six (lowest perceived concern) to help plan inspections from next year.
The analysis reveals that almost eight out of ten general practices in England appear to be of low concern (78% or 6,076 practices are in the lowest four bands; 3,797 of which are in band six).
The 1,200 practices that are in bands one and two will be considered for inspection from next year, so that CQC can determine the quality and safety of care within them. The bandings are not judgements: these only happen following inspections.
CQC plans to update this information every three months
You can use the CQC search tool to find what monitoring data is available about your own GP practice.