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.
Islington's constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Recently revised it can be download here.
The council has allocated £2 million to develop Archway in the next two to three years. The first stage is to develop proposals for Archway Close and Flowers Mews: the island in the centre of the Archway gyratory. Results of the public consultation on these proposals can be viewed here.
Shared ownership is designed for people who want to be homeowners but cannot afford to buy a home in Islington on the open market.
Aimed at social housing tenants and others on low incomes to help them take the first steps on the property ladder.
Under shared ownership you buy a share of a property in Islington and pay rent on the part you do not own. You can increase the share that you own over time and you are also free to sell your share in the property at any time.
The Islington Education Library Service has a a rich and diverse collection of artefacts to support and enhance teaching and learning in all aspects of curriculum topics and creative projects. Items can be borrowed by teachers from subscribing schools and by other teachers and users.
This Update looks at how people spend their money on leisure activities and the consequences this has in terms of employment within London’s leisure sector.
Average London household expenditure on leisure is 16.5 per cent higher than in the UK as a whole - £46.80 per week compared to £39.10. The only sub category where Londoner's spend less is for gambling payments. However when controlling for expenditure relative to income we show that London households do not spend proportionally more in total on leisure activities compared to households in the rest of the country. But they demonstrate a stronger preference for take aways and snack food, playing and watching sports, visiting cinemas, theatres and museums and going to restaurants and cafes.
The recent recession has had a significant impact on spending on leisure activities with a reduction in customer spending on leisure by 1 per cent between 2007 and 2008 and a large reduction of 6.2 per cent from 2008 to 2009. The amount spent by customers in the leisure industry within the UK was worth £60.4 billion in 2009 with London’s estimated share of this being £15.1 billion.
There has been high job growth in the leisure industry and it remains an important contributor to the London economy and an area that offers valuable employment opportunities for younger workers. In 2008 the leisure industry employed 306,000 people around 7.3 per cent of the London employee workforce.
The ID2010 replace the Indices of Deprivation 2007 (ID2007) as the Government’s official measure of deprivation from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Indices show London remains an area of mixed fortunes, with some wealthier areas alongside pockets of deprivation across the capital. The indices help to pinpoints those areas where there is greatest need on a number of dimensions of deprivation.
The GLA Intelligence Unit has authored a briefingpresenting the key findings for London from the 2010 Indices
The top priority for Londoners this year is education and training. Related issues such as job creation and youth opportunities have also become more important to the city’s residents in 2011.
Crime, safety and policing still remain high in terms of public priority but Londoners are less worried about crime in their local areas and feel safer walking alone at night in their neighbourhoods.
The 2011 Annual London Survey showed that...
Over three-quarters of Londoners (77%) are satisfied with the capital as a place to live.
Almost 8 out of 10 Londoners (79%) are satisfied with their neighbourhoods as a place to live.
Almost half of the city’s residents (46%) think that Transport is the best thing about living in London.
Londoners feel safer in their neighbourhoods and are becoming less worried about crime. 78% feel safe walking alone in the evening (up from 65% in 2010) and 64% say they are not worried about crime in their local area (up from 53% in 2010).
Burglary remains the main reason for Londoners feeling unsafe. 38% of residents are concerned about this, although this has improved since last year when 42% of residents expressed concern.
The second main concern in relation to safety is a fear of being mugged or physically attacked, with 18% of Londoners citing this as a reason they feel unsafe. However, there has been a significant positive shift compared with 2010, where 30% of Londoners were fearful of this.
Dealing with litter is of greater importance to Londoners this year; 24% believe it should be the main priority for improving the quality of the city’s environment.
Conserving green spaces as a way of improving London’s environment has significantly increased in priority from 8% in 2010 to 23% this year.
Londoners are beginning to recognise the regenerative benefits of the Olympics. Three out of ten think the regeneration of East London is the most important long-term benefit of hosting the Olympics in 2012.
A total of 1,406 residents of Greater London were interviewed, face-to-face, using CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing), during February and March 2011.