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The Government has produced data on GCSE attainment for 2011-2012. See here. In islington there were 1,460 pupils of that age. 78.8% got 5+ A* to C grades; 53.6% got 5+ A* to C grades including English and Maths; 97.2% got 5+ A* to G grades and 95.4% got 5+ A* to G grades including English and Maths and 10.6% achieved the English Baccalaureate.
The Greater London Authority's Data Store has produced a report on the number of police officers per borough. Westminster has by far the most officers reflecting the workload in that borough. It has just under five times the number of officers of Richmond (1,320 vs 298), although this difference is less significant when taking into account that Westminster's daytime population is also five times higher as well as having over five times the number of recorded offences over the last year (60,571 vs 11,365). The map shows the number of police officers in May 2013 per 1,000 recorded offences in the last 12 months. Kingston upon Thames has the highest ratio at 30 per 1,000, and Islington the lowest with 22 per 1,000 crimes. The average number of officers per borough is 574.
The Census Information Scheme working within the Greater London Authority has produced tables comparing census data from 1961 to 2011. Population data goes back to the first census in 1801. This shows Islington's population rose from 65,000 in 1801 when it was the sixth most populated London borough (top was Westminster with 231,000) to 436,000 in 1901 when it was the fourth most populated borough before the population started declining. This decline reached its lowest point in 1991 with 154,873 people when it was the 27th most populated borough before rising to the population of 206,125 in the 2011 census when it was the 25th.
This report presented to the Council on 26 March 2013 is the final report of the task group set up to review how Ward Partnerships are working.
The Task & Finish Review Group has concluded that Ward Partnerships are a positive step forward, and have the potential to influence change at a local level. However, this potential is not currently being realised in all wards. Ward partnerships are not working as effectively as
they could be, not all councillors have bought into the concept, and performance and practice
varies across the borough, giving a confusing message to residents.
There needs to be clarity about the purpose and role of Ward Partnerships. The Review Group feels they should be forums to enable community engagement and empowerment, in line with the spirit of the Fairness Commission
There needs to be greater engagement with other local forumsand, in particular, better alignment with the Safer Neighbourhood Panels
Support arrangements need to be reviewed and enhanced, mostly through making use of existing resources, to ensure that councillors feel well supported, meetings are well organised, publicised and attended and that topics are interesting and of relevance to local people
There needs to be greater consistency across partnerships – in terms of the model and meeting arrangements.
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a work programme that sets out how the Council will prepare and review its Local Plan. The Local Plan comprises a number of separate Development Plan Documents which will replace the Council’s Unitary Development Plan.
Local authorities are required by law to maintain an up to date LDS. The last version was approved in February 2012.