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Investing in a fairer Islington

A commitment to investing in a fairer Islington for all residents underpins the council’s budget for 2020-21, prioritising the services that make the most difference to people’s lives

Homes, safety, jobs and the environment remain the council’s top priorities. Since 2010, there have been deep and sustained cuts to the council’s funding from central government. Austerity isn’t over, but the council has worked hard to manage the money it has. This year’s proposed budget for 2020-21 includes the first package of investment since 2009, featuring extra funding for:

Homes

Building new council homes – investing £60m to help deliver Islington’s target of 550 new council homes by 2022.

Preventing homelessness – an extra £280,000 on work to stop vulnerable households becoming homeless because of complex issues like mental or physical health problems.

Rogue landlords – an extra £700,000 to extend the licensing of private landlords to cover 70% of the borough’s privately rented properties, subject to central government approval. We are on the side of private renters and hope this will help an estimated 3,000 people currently living in sub-standard conditions.

Safety

Tackling violence against women and girls – an extra £600,000 on measures to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG), including increasing awareness of the issue and the services available and targeted support to break the cycle of violence and enable survivors and their children to recover. More than 4,000 domestic violence incidents were reported to police in Islington in 2018-19, and four in every five children’s social care cases involve domestic violence and abuse. 

Creating a rapid-response anti-social behaviour (ASB) team – spending £239,000 on extra officers will allow additional resources to be focused on hotspot areas, improving both the “triage” process and response times to complaints made by phone and online, seven days a week during times of peak demand.

Jobs

Skills and getting into work – an extra £250,000 to create a new team of community-based outreach workers to provide vocational and employability support to vulnerable young adults, to develop their skills and get them into work.

Environment

More than doubling the number of schools benefitting from our pioneering School Streets scheme – which restricts traffic outside schools at pick-up and drop-off time, reducing pollution and increasing safety for everyone in the locality. We will more than double the number of School Streets from the current 13 to 30.

Protecting frontline environmental services, including street cleaning, parks maintenance and weekly recycling and rubbish collections. We will carry on increasing the proportion of electric and hybrid vehicles in our fleet.

Continuing to lobby central Government for more urgent climate action, encouraging residents and businesses to play their part, and carry on implementing changes wherever we can to achieve our ambition of a net zero carbon borough by 2030.

In addition to the above and despite having to make savings of almost £250 million since 2010, all libraries, children’s centres and youth hubs are also protected, as are free school meals for all nursery and primary school pupils, which can save families around £400 a year.

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