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 GLA has published ward profiles for 2012 which provide a summary of demographic and related data for each ward in Greater London. They are designed to provide an overview of the population in these small areas by presenting a range of data on the population, diversity, households, life expectancy, housing, crime, benefits, land use, deprivation, and employment.
Indicators included here are population by age and sex, land area, population density, household composition, religion, ethnicity, birth rates (general fertility rate), death rates (standardised mortality ratio), life expectancy, average house prices, housing by council tax band, Incapacity Benefit, Income Support and JobSeekers Allowance claimant rates, dependent children receiving child-tax credits by lone parents and out-of-work families, National Insurance Number registration rates for overseas nationals (NINo), GCSE results, pupil absence, crime rates (by type of crime), land use, access to public transport (PTALs), access to public greenspace, access to nature, air emissions, Indices of Deprivation, workplace employment (including by industry) from BRES, and election turnout.
Islington Law Centre is moving to new premises from Friday 23 November 2012. The Law Centre at 161 Hornsey Road, London, N7 6DU will close to the public at 5pm on Thursday 22 November. It will reopen at its new premises at 38 Devonia Road, London, N1 8UY on Tuesday 27 November at 2pm. Its new contact number will be 020 7288 7630.
The Islington Annual Public Health Report for 2012 focuses on the impact of alcohol and what needs to be done to reduce the effects of alchol-related harm on those living, working and socialising in Islington.
• Alcohol contributes to one in twenty deaths in Islington.
• Alcohol-specific death rates are highest in Islington residents under 65 years.
• Islington has the highest rate of alcohol-related admissions in London. Those living in the most deprived areas of Islington are approximately a third more likely to have an alcohol-related admission compared to those living in the more affluent areas.• Of people admitted to hospital due to an alcohol-specific reason, over a quarter were admitted two or more times over a one year period, and 2% were admitted six or more times.
• People with alcohol misuse problems often face the additional challenges of unemployment, homelessness or housing issues, health problems and multiple drug use. In Islington, of those in alcohol treatment services, 21% report drug use and 17% a mental health problem.
The Government is abolishing Council Tax Benefit from April 2013 and replacing it with a scheme called “Council Tax Support” that cuts £2.9 million from the money currently paid to Islington residents as Council Tax Benefit.Over 20,000 Islington residents will now have to pay an average of £192 extra council tax each year. Islington Council is opposed to these changes and is calling on the Government to reverse them. However the Council does need to develop a council tax support scheme for Islington. The consultation with residents and community groups is taking place between 19 October and 30 November. See here for the Council's proposal and to take part in the consultation click here
The Council treats as a petition any communication, signed by 5 or more people who live, work or study in the borough of Islington, asking the council to take action about something or not to take a particular action, subject to some exclusions. For details see here . The e-petitions scheme has been discontinued.
Information on health services in Islington can be found at the Islington PCT website. Listed under hospitals and clinics, GPs, dentists, pharmacies and opticians contact details are provided for each provider. The services section is particularly useful giving information on which priders concentrate on particular conditions.