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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Islington’s newest youth centre has opened its doors, promising to be among the very best in London – giving young people the chance to harness their creativity and get hands-on with cutting-edge tech.

Soapbox, in Old Street, has been designed with and for young people from the ground up.

Run by local charity the Dragon Hall Trust, Soapbox provides a welcoming, fun and interesting environment, featuring a radio studio and music studio alongside a range of versatile spaces and facilities that have already hosted 3D printing workshops and music production sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Read more about Soapbox here

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Paul Hobbs, London Fire Brigade's borough commander for Islington, centre, is greeted by Islington Council's chief executive Lesley Seary, left, and council leader Cllr Richard Watts, right

Monday 3 July 2017

Islington Council will award the Freedom of the Borough upon the brave officers and firefighters of Islington and Holloway fire stations.

The Mayor of Islington, Cllr Una O’Halloran, said: “This is the highest honour the council can bestow, and I cannot think of a more deserving institution or group of people to receive it.

“Our firefighters and officers really are shining examples of the best of Islington, and I will be honoured to make them Freepersons of the Borough during my Mayoral year.”

The Mayor will officially present the Freedom of the Borough at a special meeting that will take place alongside the Mayor’s Civic Awards Ceremony on March 15, 2018.

Read more about this here

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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Two Islington-based community organisations will benefit from NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities Fund, set up to help people from disadvantaged communities to gain qualifications, find work or start a business.

Islington People’s Rights is a leading provider of specialist debt and welfare benefits advice and casework in Islington. Their NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund grant will allow them to improve the long-term money management skills and financial awareness of the most vulnerable people in their local community with their programme IPR’s Financial Skills for Life.

Urban Development is a music-development charity providing a pathway in popular music for disadvantaged young people. Their Industry Takeover project will provide intensive training and industry-supported mentoring for 80 disadvantaged young people, as well as enterprise and careers seminars for a further 800.

You can find out more here

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Friday 28 April 2017

Major council contractors in Islington that evade paying tax could see their contracts terminated under new rules adopted by the north London local authority.

Islington Council’s new standard contract conditions include specific rights to allow contracts over the value of £5M to be severed in instances where contractors have not complied with their obligations to pay tax.

The new contract conditions direct contractors to provide Islington Council with a guarantee obligating the contractor to inform the local authority – at the point of signing the contract – of any instances in which it has not fully complied with its tax obligations.

Find out more

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Monday 27 March 2017

Road safety improvements including a remodelled bus stand and new zebra crossing have been unveiled in Highbury to protect pedestrians at a busy junction with turning buses.

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Monday 27 February 2017

Islington is set to become one of the leading boroughs in cleaning up London’s air quality by installing more than 100 roadside electric charging points.

The fast-charging facilities will encourage the take-up of electric vehicles across the borough, helping combat CO2 emissions and dangerous diesel exhaust fumes.

A significant roll-out is due to take place over the next 12 months, increasing the number of electric charging facilities from 10 bays to more than 100.

For more information, click here

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Friday 10 February 2017

Islington has scrapped council tax for care leavers to help them avoid getting into debt as young adults.

Care leavers – young people leaving local authority care – are especially at risk of falling into council tax debt, as they manage money on their own for the first time, without support from family. A Children’s Society campaign has called on councils to make care leavers exempt from paying council tax until they turn 25.

Last night, Islington Council’s executive agreed to scrap council tax for young people leaving any local authority’s care and living in Islington until the age of 25.  This will take effect from April.

Find out more here

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Friday 27 January 2017

Islington’s secondary school pupils make better progress than pupils almost anywhere else in England, new figures reveal.

Islington has been ranked 18th out of 151 local authorities for the academic progress made by pupils between the end of primary school and their GCSE results across eight key subjects.

These figures build on the progress in primary schools too. Last month other DfE figures revealed the performance of disadvantaged children in Islington primary schools last year was the 11th-best in England for reading, writing and maths combined.

Read more here

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Tuesday 17 January 2017

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March, Islington Council is calling on the community to nominate women who have made a bold change to make Islington a better and more inclusive place.

The theme for this year’s IWD is #BeBoldForChange, to call on the world to take ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

Nominations should be sent to local.history@islington.gov.uk  by Friday 10 Febuary. Nominations must be for a living person and supported with a sentence explaining why they should be selected.

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Friday 23 December 2016

Planning Islington’s future! Have your say on Islington’s land use planning strategy at www.islington.gov.uk/localplan

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Friday 23 December 2016

Work is under way on a £500,000 transformation of Archway Park that will make it more attractive to everyone, with new play and sports facilities and improved landscaping.

The park at the junction of St John’s Way and Archway Road will have a multi-use ball court, new play area, a concrete table tennis table, new lawn and seating. Already the old play area and ball court have been ripped up and the park-keeper’s building will be demolished early next year.

The improvements are being funded by Islington Council, charity the London Marathon Trust and Transport for London – via the Safer Routes To Estates programme.

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Wednesday 14 December 2016

The Mayor of Islington, Cllr Kat Fletcher, dropped in to chat with users of the Manor Gardens Centre Islington Stroke Service at their annual Christmas tea party in Whittington Park, Holloway at the weekend.

She said: “It is always a great privilege for any Mayor to help bring festive cheer to events like this annual tea party, which is rapidly becoming a great tradition in the borough. Events like this show the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Islington, and I was proud to be a part of it.”

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Monday 12 December 2016

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to life in Islington? Then why not nominate them for a Civic Award?

The awards honour those who go the extra mile to help those in the community.

The deadline to nominate is 20 January 2017. Click here to find out more.

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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Islington is currently reviewing its planning policies (the Local Plan) which sets out how it manages the built and natural environment over the next 10-15 years. This includes providing for new housing and jobs, setting out what type of development will happen and where, and the approach to other important issues including shops and services, design, sustainability, community facilities and transport.

The consultation is open between December 2016 and February 2017. Get involved, visit www.islington.gov.uk/localplan

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Monday 28 November 2016

Local residents and councillors celebrated the opening of Islington’s newest public space – Canalside Square. Next to the Regent’s Canal, the park includes grassy mounds for picnics, seating that maximises the path of the sun, seasonal planting – and a new mosaic by local artist Tess Hunkin.

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Monday 28 November 2016

Residents can put their questions to Islington Council leader Cllr Richard Watts at Leader’s Question Time on Monday 5 December at the Half Moon Crescent Community Centre, 183 Wynford Road, N1 9TZ, from 6.30-8pm.

To submit a question in advance email leadersquestions@islington.gov.uk.  Questions can also be asked on the night.

Find out more

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Islington Giving has awarded £1 million in grants to local organisations this year.

This milestone figure is helping to tackle poverty and inequality in the borough, investing in young people, supporting families and reaching isolated people.

Anyone can support Islington Giving with their time or money and every penny donated is awarded to local organisations in grant funding.

Find out more at www.islingtongiving.org.uk

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Tuesday 15 November 2016

With the Takeover Challenge being launched this Friday (18 November), Islington’s youth councillors are poised to take over some of the borough’s top jobs.

Next Thursday (24 November), Youth Councillor Diana will be shadowing Cllr Joe Caluori, executive member for children and families, and next Friday (25 November), YC Mohamed with be ‘taking over’ the council’s chief executive Lesley Seary while YC Darey will take over the role of council leader Richard Watts.

There will also be launch at Lift youth hub next Friday to celebrate young people’s participation in the takeover activities.

Find out more about Takeover Day and read about the Youth Council

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Monday, 14 November 2016

An historic agreement has been made to run one of Islington’s busiest cycling routes through land owned by a City livery company.

Owen Street, that runs south of Angel between Goswell Road and St John Street, sees 5,000 cyclists a day pass through. It will become part of Transport for London’s Quietway 2 cycle route in 2017 after lawyers at Islington Council secured an agreement with The Brewers’ Company.

Read more about this at the council’s media centre

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Violet Falk-Sparkes, two, explores a tunnel at the refurbished Compton Park.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Toddlers from Royal Mail Childsplay nursery gleefully put a range of new play equipment to the test in the park, which reopened on Tuesday after receiving a £140,000 overhaul.

Read more about the park makeover

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Winners of the Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016 have been announced by Voluntary Action Islington. For the first time this year the Pat Haynes Memorial Trustee of the Year award was given out, in memory of the Islington councillor who dedicated more than 40 years of his life to politics and charity work. The winner was Jean Willson (pictured above), of Centre 404.

Jean became involved as a parent with Centre 404 over 40 years ago and has since then been a tireless campaigner for people with learning disabilities, chair of Trustees three times and is serving as the current Chair as well.

Read about the other winners at the Voluntary Action Islington website