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.
The first census results for Islington show that 206,100 people were living in the borough when the census was carried out on 27 March 2011. This is 30,000 more people than were living in the borough when the previous census was held in 2001.Just over half (50.8%) of the borough population is female and 49.2% is male.Islington is a youthful population with a very large number of young adults. There are more 25-29s than any other five year age group. Fewer than one in ten residents is over 65. Six thousand people were living in ‘communal establishments’ and the remainder lived in 96,100 households.
A briefing paper on the 2011 census results for Islington can be found here.
User Focused Monitoring (UFM) was developed at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and is a departure from the traditional way of evaluating services. The initiative was led by a qualified researcher and a long-term user of both inpatient and community mental health services. The idea of UFM is that if the evaluation of services was genuinely to reflect the concerns and views of the people who use them rather than those of providers, then users should lead the process at every stage.
UFM at Peter Bedford evaluates mental health services in Camden and Islington Primary Care Trust, and is currently made of eleven researchers, called Auditors, who are current or former mental health service users.
A website is available to help people navigate the Underground, roads and rail during the London 2012 Games. Getaheadofthegames.com brings together information about which stations are predicted to be busy at what times during the Games period and which areas of London are best avoided in your car. You'll also be able to get live travel information on Twitter by following @GAOTG.
Grants provided by the Council are for 100% of the cost of heating, insulation and security measures. You qualify for a grant if you are an owner-occupier or leaseholder, and receive a qualifying benefit.
Grants are available for: gas central heating, replacing old inefficient boilers, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, locks on external doors and accessible windows, smoke alarms other security and small energy saving measures as necessary, including London bars, spy-glass, and door chains. Funds are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.
The Welfare Reform Council Report presented to the Council on 18 June clearly lays out the changes to welfare benefits and how they are affecting the population in Islington.
The report states:
"We are already seeing the effect of housing benefit caps on private tenants - these changes risk polarising Islington even further. It will become increasingly difficult for lower income people to live in Islington in any tenure other than social housing. With benefits less able to cover the cost, privately-rented housing will be accessible only by those on higher incomes; a recent Shelter report suggested a household would need an income of £72,000 to be able to afford a two-bed flat on the private market in Islington."