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 Council monitors its performance through a wide range of measures, including a suite of corporate performance indicators which, between them, help assess progress against the council’s key priorities. This report provides end of year figures for the financial year 2014-15. It also sets out performance indicators and targets for 2015-16. See it here.
The Full of Life Festival for over 55s takes place from 28 September - 4 October 2015. From Tai Chi, lunch clubs, and tea dances, to computer workshops and art sessions, it’s all about keeping active, meeting new friends and trying something new. Many of the events are either free or very low-cost and most don’t require advance booking. See the program here.
These reports were produced each year by the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of a district and set out the work done by his public health and sanitary officers. The reports provided vital data on birth and death rates, infant mortality, incidence of infectious and other diseases, and a general statement on the health of the population. As the work of public health departments expanded, so too did the reports: by the 1930s we are given details on such matters as:
numbers visiting maternity and child welfare clinics
pints of free milk dispensed
statistics for use of venereal disease clinics
numbers of tubercular children attending open-air schools
Poor Law infirmaries and municipal hospitals.
While over time the data that was to be included in annual reports was standardised, there was still a large degree of leeway. Consequently the reports show diversity both between different areas at the same time, and for the same place at different times. On top of this, even standard statistics - such as maternal mortality rates - might be presented in various forms by different MOHs, meaning that direct comparisons can be difficult. Furthermore, the permissive nature of the legislation meant that reports varied greatly in length: while interwar Poplar's commonly ran to over 120 pages, those of wealthy Richmond were less than a third that.
These reports are now available online at the Wellcome Library's site here.
The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) reviews how effective the council has been in using its planning policies to positively influence the development of the borough. The impact of these policies is assessed across a number of subject areas, including Housing, Employment and Open Space. The AMR also monitors progress within the Core Strategy Key Areas and looks at a range of contextual indicators to give a wide ranging picture of Islington within specific monitoring periods.
Each subject area has a range of indicators, largely identified in the Core Strategy, against which progress is assessed.
The 2014 AMR is currently due to be published in August 2015. The council have produced an interim report of the 2014 Housing Trajectory available here.
Open House London takes place on 19-20 September 2015. Islington has 29 buildings open. A great chance to see inside buildings you cannot normally access. See here for the program. Libraries have limited printed copies.
Islington Council has adopted pioneering new planning measures that require new homes in the borough to be regularly occupied in a bid to stop the rise of so-called "buy-to-leave" properties.
In recent years there have been concerns that a significant amount of new homes in Islington, as in other parts of London, are sold off-plan to investors, some of whom then leave the properties empty as investments.
This practice, commonly referred to as "buy-to-leave", means the new housing is in effect "wasted supply" that does not help Islington meet its housing need or offer people a place to live.
Islington Council's executive agreed to adopt a new supplementary planning document (SPD) to prevent wasted housing supply.
The new SPD will put an obligation on the owners of new homes not to leave their properties empty for longer than three months.
If a property is lived in for less than two weeks every three months the council could take action including ultimately seeking an injunction from the High Court against the owner.
Every three years Islington is required to prepare, consult on and publish a Statement of Gambling Policy that sets out how gambling will be regulated in the borough. A copy of the current policy, for the period 2013-16, can be found here.