Vision and priorities

Homes

Building more council housing and supporting private renters.

Islington is one of the most densely populated and expensive places to live in London. There is a shortage of good quality, genuinely affordable housing and a significant unmet housing need. 40% of council owned homes are smaller homes with only one bedroom and there is a particular need for homes with two bedrooms and larger family-sized homes. We want to ensure that everyone in Islington has a place to live that is affordable, decent and secure.

In our corporate plan 2015-2019 we said we would build more council housing and support private renters.

Our progress 2015/16 includes:

  • Building 241 new affordable homes were built by housing associations and the council
  • Reducing the number of households accepted as homeless from 396 to 375 – the third lowest in London
  • Permanently housed 1,000 households and prevented 520 families becoming homeless
  • Improving our housing repairs service so that 85% (42,500) repairs were fixed first time
  • Supported 179 under-occupied households to downsize
  • Taking enforcement action against rogue landlords
  • Launched our own lettings agency to provide private rented properties at genuinely affordable rates.
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