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.
This GLA Intelligence Unit report presents data on the percentage of children living in poverty in London boroughs. Explains that the measure used is the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out of work benefits or tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 per cent of median income. Reports that: more than one in four of London’s children were in poverty in 2010; child poverty rates have fallen in London, but are still higher than in any other region of the UK; child poverty in Tower Hamlets (nearly 50 per cent) was the highest in the country, and nearly five times as high as in Richmond upon Thames; four boroughs - Tower Hamlets, Islington, Westminster and Redbridge - include pockets where more than three in five children were in poverty; over the last four years, most boroughs have seen decreases in the percentage of children in poverty, although Bromley has seen virtually no change, while Havering and Bexley have seen increases in most years. Compares London child poverty figures with data from other UK regions, using the government’s primary measure of child poverty.
On Monday 25 February 2013, Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving is moving offices from 76 Central Street to:
1-3 Colebrooke Place, Islington, London, N1 8HZ
Cripplegate Foundation uses local knowledge to identify needs, to develop new ways of tackling poverty, and to contribute to the wider policy debate about disadvantage and inequality. Staff give advice to organisations on project development and management, premises, other sources of funding and local networks. They meet all applicants and all funded projects are visited.
The Health Needs Assessment toolkit is designed to support London's commissioners with their health intelligence requirements. It sources, analyses and presents routine data in order that commissioning organisations can more effectively use local knowledge, expertise, and insight.
The toolkit provides ready to print and download information for more than 200 indicators of health needs. Outputs are provided in a variety of formats, including charts, maps and data tables, all with comprehensive metadata. Data is provided at various geographies, ranging from areas smaller than electoral wards, to local authorities and clusters. London and England benchmarks are provided for all indicators.
Suicide mortaality rates from 1996/8 to 2008/10 were released in January 2013 and can be found here. Islington's rate varied from 12.0 per 100,000 in 1996/8 to 12.06 in 2008/10 compared to a London rate of 9.4 in 1996/8 and 7.1 in 2008/10.
The London Sustainable Development Commission’s fourth Quality of Life Indicators report was launched at City Hall on 30th January 2013. The report provides a snapshot of London’s quality of life and identifies the sustainability issues London faces. The indicator set encompasses 33 headline indicators across the environmental, social and economic spheres. It provides baseline data that will inform the Commission’s future work programme and advice to the Mayor.
The LSDC produced the first Quality of Life Indicators Report in 2004 and subsequent reports were produced in 2005 and 2009. The previous reports can be found on the LSC's website.
This GLA Intelligence Unit presents figures from the 2011 census on the main language of Londoners. Finds that: 22.1 per cent of Londoners list a language other than English as their main language; 41.6 per cent of non-English speakers in England and Wales live in London; Polish is the main language of 147,800 Londoners and the most-spoken non-English main language in London; Bengali is the most spoken Asian language in London, while Somali is the most spoken African language; 41.4 per cent of Newham residents report a language other than English as their main language, in contrast with just 4.6 per cent of Havering residents; and nine of the top ten most linguistically diverse local authorities in England and Wales are in London.
Healthwatch Islington will be launched on 23 March 2013 at Resource For London, Holloway Road, N7 6PA at an event lasting from 10am - 2pm. This is the successor to Islington LINK.
Healthwatch is set to improve health and social care in the borough and will become the main voice for members of the community and the voluntary sector.
They are expecting a lively debate on the day with key health and social care professionals and a range of stall holders for people who would like information on health, social care, children’s services, welfare rights, healthy eating and affordable warmth. There will also be invited face painters for the children. All this will be followed by lunch and an opportunity to meet other people.
To book a place or for further information, please contact Sarah Lee at VAI or Emma Whitby firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7832 5800.
This short GLA intelligence report presents statistics on the wealth gap between the richest and poorest people in London. Notes that in Britain, households in the richest ten per cent of the population have at least £967,000 total wealth, of which 12.5 per cent of these households are in London, second only to the south east of England with 15.5 per cent. Highlights that: there is a significant gap between the rich and poor in London, both in terms of their wealth and income; property ownership rates are lower for Londoners than elsewhere, however the net property wealth is higher; and the top tenth of London’s population in terms of income have a weekly income of over £1,000 after housing costs, while the lowest tenth have an income of under £94 each week. Suggests that the gap between the richest and poorest is growing, with the difference between the average income of the second highest and second lowest tenths of the population growing by around 14 per cent more than the rate of inflation since 2003.