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This report, published in 2012 by the Cities Institute, evaluates the first nine months (April 2011 and January 2012) of the Islington Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) pilot in the local authority wards of Caledonian and Holloway which is aimed at reducing alcohol consumption among young people.
In February 2010 Islington LINk launched its 1,000 voices campaign. At that stage it had already spoken to several hundred people in Islington about their experiences of local health and social care services, but wanted to reach many more. Now the LINk has heard the views of 1,000 local people through face to face and telephone interviews, and from on-line comments. The results are collected in this report which will influence the commissioning of health and social care services in Islington.
On 28 February Islington Council passed the report: A Fair Chance for Young People: Islington Strategy for Tckling Youth Unemployment. View it here.
The cover report includes:
At the heart of the council’s commitment to making Islington a fairer place is making sure that young people have the best start in life. Our draft Youth Pledge therefore gives young people real decision-making powers, protects funding for things like core youth services, and invests new money in things that will help them become happy and successful adults.
1.2 Youth unemployment is recognised as one of the greatest challenges facing the country. The economic downturn is making it more difficult for young people to get jobs, with the risk that many will experience long term unemployment. There is also a persistent structural problem so that even when the economy was growing there was a core of young people, generally from less well off and less well educated families, who were not in education, employment or training (NEET). The scrapping of the education maintenance allowance (EMA) and increase in tuition fees exacerbate the problem for this group of young people.
1.3 The council is determined to support young people through what is an increasingly complex and uncertain transition to adulthood.
1.4 This report recommends a strategy for tackling youth unemployment in Islington whereby we will:
Get the basics right for young people under 16 years old and signposting to further study or the world of work.
Build on the support for 16 -19 year olds by working with partners to improve the vocational and academic educational offer in the borough, and provide practical and financial assistance to those that need it most.
Support the transition of 19 to 25 year olds into employment by increasing the number and range of apprenticeships and providing better pathways to entry level jobs.
Ensure that no young person who has specific or multiple barriers to employment is left behind.
Provide leadership on making the vision of tackling youth unemployment a reality by working with the public, private and voluntary sector to improve the co-ordination of services and resources and find innovative ways to meet the needs of young people.
Site Allocations set out site-specific policy for the main sites in Islington where change or development is expected. These policies set out how we can make the best use of these sites to serve Islington’s growing population and work force. Site Allocations also provide further guidance for developers - such as how any new development should fit within the character and environment of the local area. The final Submission document was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 16 August 2012. It will now be assessed by an Independent Planning Inspector at a formal examination hearing. At the hearing the Inspector will take account of representations received during the DPD consultation exercises, before making a judgement on whether the document is ‘sound’ and legally compliant, and can therefore be formally adopted.
Admissions arrangements are formally agreed or ‘determined’ by Islington Council and are used to process applications for places at Islington schools. The admissions policy for community schools are set and applied by Islington Council. The admissions criteria for voluntary-aided schools are set and applied by their own governing bodies. See here for policies for admisssions for the 2012/3 year and here for the 2013/4 year.
Local authorities are required to produce an annual report on admissions for all the schools in their area for which they coordinate admissions. This has to be published locally by each local authority and sent to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator by 30 June each year following the completion of that year's admissions round. The report can be accessed here.