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.
Fuel poverty is currently defined as the condition in which a household is required to spend more than 10% of their income on maintaining an adequate level of warmth in their home and on power. Adequate warmth is defined by the World Health Organisation as 21°C in living rooms and 18°C in other rooms. The Mayor of London, taking into account the high cost of accommodation in London, has adopted an enhanced definition which calculates 10% of income after housing costs and this is the definition that Islington adheres to.
Islington Evidence Hub produced a factsheet in October 2013 on fuel poverty in Islington. It shows that 53% of single pensioners in private sector housing in Islington are fuel poor and 31% of private tenants are fuel poor.
Performance against the Corporate Plan is reported on a quarterly basis to the Council’s Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee (PPS). This provides an opportunity for councillors to scrutinise and challenge performance or to ask for more information if required. These meetings are open to the public, and the papers are available on the council’s website. At the end of each financial year, the Council produces an Annual Performance Update summarising progress across the whole year and actual performance at the end of the year compared with the targets they set. See here for more information and the latest reports for 2013-14.
This paper from February 2013 explains how the Islington’s Resident Support Scheme will support the Council’s vision of a fairer Islington by offering temporary financial support to residents facing severe difficulties as a result of government cuts to welfare benefits.
The declaration states that, against a backdrop of public sector cuts, the task of creating more inclusive cities has moved beyond what local or national government can do on their own and that there is an urgent need to rally resources and expertise.
By signing the declaration, Islington has agreed to:
Be part of the National Social Inclusion Network
Share learning and develop joint campaigning on key issues around social inclusion
Build a strong collective voice to articulate the arguments for social inclusion for all our communities across the country
Identify action that can be taken around issues of shared concern
The other authorities that have signed the declaration are Barrow-in-Furness, Birmingham, Bristol, Knowsley, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Plymouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Tower Hamlets.
The network will focus on eight themes that were identified from the reports produced by fairness and poverty commissions from around the country and developed at the National Social Inclusion Symposium, held in Birmingham last year.
Each theme is being coordinated by a local authority member of the network. They are:
This profile from the GLA investigates the progress which has been made in London on a range of indicators related to poverty and inequality. It presents a profile of London’s population, and ethnicity and migration, discusses low income in London and looks at income and wealth inequality. Explores housing and homelessness. Examines worklessness. Investigates low pay. Discusses education and health. Looks at benefits and welfare reform. Finds: in the three years to 2011–12, 2.1 million people in London were in poverty, a 28 per cent poverty rate which is seven percentage points higher than the rest of England; incomes in London are more unequally spread than in any other region; over the 10 years to 2011–12, the number of people in in-work poverty increased by 440,000, while the number of pensioners in poverty fell by 110,000 and the number of children in workless families in poverty fell by 170,000; over 40 per cent of part-time jobs and 10 per cent of full-time jobs in London are low paid; and around 80,000 London families were estimated to be affected by the under-occupation penalty, losing on average £21 per week in housing benefit from April 2013. Stresses the need to tackle the growth of in-work poverty and the lack of supply of new housing.
Islington has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country, with approximately 42% of children in the borough living below the poverty line. The council has been working hard to understand the situation and formulate a strategy to address the problem, working with partners in the community throughout the process.
As part of our consultation we are looking for feedback on the strategy itself before we finalise and publish our Child Poverty Strategy, which will inform the council and its partners' policy decisions in the coming years.We want to hear from those directly affected by child poverty or its effects, so that we can be as accurate as we can in making sure the council addresses the real issues residents are facing. So if you are a resident, or an organisation who works with families affected by child poverty, please read the strategy and tell us what you think. At the end of the consultation period we will work to incorporate your feedback into our final Strategy.
Se the documents here. Thedeadline for responses is Friday 22 November 2013.
"This work will inform and support the work both the public health department and housing department, to ensure that the ways in which housing can affect health and wellbeing are considered more widely.This will also help to promote improvement, by highlighting and quantifying any local disparities in health outcomes that are linked to housing tenure. Findings will also inform the Health and Wellbeing Board, and particularly the mental health work stream given the links between housing and mental health."
Key statistics on long term conditions:
Some 22% of people living in areas with high social housing had a long term condition,
compared to 9% in areas with no social housing.
Adults aged 45-64 in areas of high social housing were more likely to have a long term condition
than adults aged 65+ in areas with no social housing.
Once age has been take into account, there are still large differences in need; in the areas of
highest density of social housing COPD prevalence is 24% higher than expected, as are the
The number of Londoners living in poverty has seen little change over the last few years.
More than a third of London's children are in households with income below the poverty line, though rates have again fallen. The poverty rate for children in London, after housing costs, remains higher than for any other region, but is at its lowest level for 16 years.
Child poverty in Outer London, before housing costs are taken into account, has fallen to the same level it was when the Government set Child Poverty reduction targets.
You can download the data behind the tables and charts from the datastore:
This report from the Greater London Authority examines the incidence of child hunger in London. Presents findings from interviews with over 500 parents and children, at all income levels and across the city, in order to understand the impact that hunger has on their lifestyle. Looks at: the prevalence of food poverty in London; the causes of food poverty; how families cope with a lack of food; the effects of food poverty, aside from hunger; and what measures families would like to be taken in order to tackle child hunger. Suggests that: over 70,000 children in London go to bed hungry sometimes or often; 42 per cent of parents have cut back on the amount of food they buy in the past year; 21 per cent of parents have skipped meals so that their children could eat, while 8 per cent reported that their children have had to skip meals as there was not enough food; and for 10 per cent of children, their school lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Discusses the broader impact of food poverty on children, such as the stigma associated with receiving free school meals, and trouble concentrating at school due to hunger. Outlines the views of parents on the use of policy interventions such as food vouchers, food banks and supermarket initiatives to help them cope with rising food prices.