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 is one of the smallest and most densely developed and populated authorities in the country. The borough has accommodated high levels of new development and population and employment growth in recent years. In order to ensure that Islington continues to be a place where people want to live, do business and visit, it is important that new development is accompanied by measures to increase the capacity of community infrastructure. This will ensure that the future growth of the borough can be accommodated sustainably.
This study by the GVA considers the potential impact on London’s property sector of the Crossrail project. It describes the scale of the project, one of the most significant infrastructure programmes ever undertaken in the UK, and suggests it will help regenerate key locations, while contributing to London’s economic growth. It considers the significant driving forces shaping the property market within which Crossrail will operate, including: current market conditions and development trends; enhancements that Crossrail will make to accessibility, quality and speed of journeys along its route; which locations will see the greatest change to existing service; current and changing perceptions of each station location; and developer and investor perceptions and views. It examines the effects of Crossrail to date on London’s property market and considers the likely effects as construction proceeds and the line opens in 2018. It looks at the opportunities for new development as a result of Crossrail. Considers central, west and east sections of the Crossrail route and examines the characteristics and current planning policy basis that would enable and support new development, intensification or changes of use. Identifies places in each section of the route where development potential is most likely to be realised.
London’s diverse economy, and status as one of the most important cities in the world calls for a highly skilled workforce. Qualifications are considered an important predictor of success in a labour market. This publication from the Greater London Authority explores the skills and qualification levels of young people before moving on to an analysis of adults’ qualifications and the skills that different occupations in London require.
This working paper from the GLA examines projections for employment in London. It estimates 5.393 million employees in 2031. ‘Professional, real estate, scientific and technical activities’ is set to be the fastest growing sector. The other relatively fast growing sectors are ‘Information and communication’ and ‘Administrative and support services’ followed by ‘Transport and storage’.
The total value of London’s exports in 2009 was £92.1 billion, up from £65.6 billion in 2001. All of this increase was due to services; whilst exports of goods fell by £1.5 billion (to £21.9 billion), exports of services rose by £28 billion (to £70.2 billion) over this time.
London’s goods exports made up 10 per cent of the UK total in 2009, whilst London’s service exports made up 44 per cent.
Whilst the EU remains the largest regional destination for London’s goods exports, the USA remains the largest country destination.