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.
Numbers of people sleeping rough in Islington has risen dramatically in the last two years. From 53 people seen sleeping rough in 2010/11 the numbers rose to 180 in 2012/3. See the detailed breakdown here.
The White population of Greater London is projected to stabilise at about 4.9 million throughout the next decade and increase very slightly thereafter, reaching 5.0 million in 2041.
The BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic, GLA definition) population of Greater London is projected to increase from 3.3 million in 2011 to 5.1 million in 2041.
The proportion of the Greater London population that is BAME is projected to reach 50 per cent by 2037. By 2037, 15 London boroughs are projected to have BAME majority populations, four in Inner London (Lewisham, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets) and 11 in Outer London (Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Redbridge and Waltham Forest).
Over the projection period the greatest relative growth is projected to occur in the Black Other, Other Asian, and Other ethnic groups.
By the Census year 2011 the Black African population (576 thousand) had surpassed the Indian population (545 thousand) to become the biggest individual BAME ethnic group in Greater London. The ethnic projections indicate that by 2023 the Other Asian population will reach 751 thousand to become the biggest individual BAME ethnic group.
A new website has been launched to give residents a taste of everything Archway has to offer, from news and events to restaurants and cafes. The website includes full business listings, news, live travel information, local history and much more. Anyone who is putting on an event in the area can add it to the site. There will also be special offers posted online, many exclusive to the website.
There is a causal link between being inactive, having a poor diet, and obesity. This strategy plans to tackle this problem.
The estimated annual cost of treating diseases related to obesity and being overweight in Islington was £68.8 million in 2007. This number is expected to increase to £73.6 million by 2015. In London, it is estimated that today’s generation of obese children and young people will cost the London economy £111 million per year in both healthcare costs and productivity loss as they enter the workforce as obese adults.
In Islington obesity contributes to about one in ten deaths each year. The prevalence of obesity in Year 6 children is higher than both England and London averages. The prevalence of obesity in adults is estimated to be 18.8% - lower than the average for both London and England.
Only 9% of Islington’s GP registered population report that they meet the recommended levels of physical activity of 30 minutes moderate activity five times per week. Sixteen per cent of Islington adults participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity three times per week, but an estimated 160,000 adults in the borough do not meet the recommended levels of physical activity at all. Increasing physical activity levels can improve individual quality of life and reduce the risk of premature mortality or illness from diseases associated with inactivity.
Low levels of activity, increased periods of sedentary behaviour, and poor diet can have significant impacts on health and wellbeing. They are major risk factors for ill health and premature death, and contribute to the development of a number of chronic diseases including cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health and obesity.
The local economy is bearing up well, despite the recession
In 2010 there were 1.3 jobs per working age resident in Islington
However, 15.1% of Islington residents are out of work, including 11.5% of all Islington young people aged 18-24
Key sectors for Islington in terms of jobs and Entry Level vacancies:
Administration & Support
Health & Social Work
Wholesale & Retail (but focus on Retail)
Accommodation & Food
Transport, Storage & Post (but focus on postal)
Media, Comms & IT
Professional, Scientific & Technical
Finance & Insurance
Growth and employment is expected to rise slowly to 2020
Employment growth in London is projected to be above the UK average during 2010-2020, representing one of the fastest rates of employment growth
Replacement demand (replacing workers who leave) will outweigh any areas of decline – so there will be new jobs in all sectors
Projected polarisation in terms of demand for skills, with growth at both top and bottom ends of the skills spectrum
Private services, Business and other services will see most growth
Continued growth in higher skilled, white collar occupations, including managers, professionals and associate professionals
Lower skilled jobs will remain a significant part of the labour market – increase in jobs around caring, personal and other service occupations and in low skilled elementary jobs in service based areas
Shift away from public sector activities
Continued decline in skilled and semi-skilled manual roles, including in skilled trade occupations and process, plant and machine operatives
Administrative and secretarial occupations will also see a loss
This profile from the GLA investigates the progress which has been made in London on a range of indicators related to poverty and inequality. It presents a profile of London’s population, and ethnicity and migration, discusses low income in London and looks at income and wealth inequality. Explores housing and homelessness. Examines worklessness. Investigates low pay. Discusses education and health. Looks at benefits and welfare reform. Finds: in the three years to 2011–12, 2.1 million people in London were in poverty, a 28 per cent poverty rate which is seven percentage points higher than the rest of England; incomes in London are more unequally spread than in any other region; over the 10 years to 2011–12, the number of people in in-work poverty increased by 440,000, while the number of pensioners in poverty fell by 110,000 and the number of children in workless families in poverty fell by 170,000; over 40 per cent of part-time jobs and 10 per cent of full-time jobs in London are low paid; and around 80,000 London families were estimated to be affected by the under-occupation penalty, losing on average £21 per week in housing benefit from April 2013. Stresses the need to tackle the growth of in-work poverty and the lack of supply of new housing.