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.
Islington has become the first council in the country to be officially recognised for ensuring that the charities and voluntary organisations it funds through its core grants programme all pay the Living Wage to their employees.
The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, with a higher rate in London.
National government has cut its funding to Islington Council in half since 2010.
That’s half as much to spend on essential services like keeping our streets clean, caring for older people and running children’s centres.
We’re working hard to protect your services, but we face tough choices about what we can provide.
Alongside other poor areas, we are one of the hardest-hit boroughs in the country. By 2017, we will have lost over £1,000 of funding for each household in Islington.
Despite having already made huge savings, we expect to have to make further deep cuts over the next three years. At the same time, demand for many local services continues to rise – for example, the government’s welfare reforms are causing more people to need help with local housing and debt advice services.
To understand the challenges we face, this site will show you where our money comes from, how it is spent, what we have done so far to save money, and how we are making decisions about our budgets in the face of government cuts.
Over the last three years the London Borough of Islington has self-reported several breaches of service user’s personal data. This included a breach in 2012 which the ICO considered serious enough to issue a Civil Monetary Penalty in 2013.
The London Borough of Islington agreed to a consensual audit by the ICO of its processing of personal data. Here is the summary of the audit.
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.
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.
Under the Localism Act, voluntary and community bodies, local authority employees who wish to form a mutual organisation, and parish councils can express an interest in running a local authority service. The authority must consider expressions of interest and, where they accept them, then go on to run a procurement exercise for the service.
The Right to Challenge has been created to give local groups with good ideas about how services could be run differently or better the opportunity to have a fair hearing, and if successful in their initial expression of interest, to bid to run the service themselves as part of the procurement process.
Islington Lettings, the council’s new lettings agency, provides a more affordable option for people in Islington to secure locally rented private sector accommodation. Launched in March 2015 on a guaranteed rental model, it is new kind of lettings agency designed to attract landlords and potential tenants who are frustrated with inflated and hidden fees when trying to rent. By combining a unique offer to landlords with the excellent reputation and experience of our team working with the private sector, the agency offers a secure and cost effective way to let and manage property in Islington.