Vision and priorities

Quality of life

Improving people’s quality of life is key to achieving our vision of a Fairer Islington.

Evidence tells us that those who are poorest are also most likely to experience poor physical and mental health, lower educational attainment, and be engaged in or be a victim of crime.

We’ll work with our partners to provide services to improve quality of life for all. 

Our progress in 2015/16 includes: 

  • Launching a new Youth Crime Strategy setting out how we will tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and gang activity and agreed an additional £500,000 to help those most at risk of turning to gangs and crime
  • Launched a campaign to encourage the reporting of Hate Crime – working with the Police to ensure more cases result in positive outcomes for victims
  • Increased the proportion of older and vulnerable residents supported to live independently: 89.2% of those discharged from hospital into our Re-ablement Services were living independently within 3 months compared to 83.9% last year 
  • 81.2% of service users with a learning disability are now living in the community compared to 78.2% same period last year
  • All secondary schools, nurseries, pupil referral units and maintained special schools in Islington were judged as good or better by Ofsted in their most recent inspection. The proportion of primary schools judged good or better by Ofsted remains above national average
  • Islington schools are 6th best in the country for the proportion of disadvantaged pupils achieving 5 GCESs at A*-C grades including English and Maths 
  • Over 5,300 people with mental health issues supported through our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme
  • Redesigned our adult health improvement services – smoking, weight management, exercise on referral and community provision on NHS Health Checks – to focus on supporting residents to stay healthy, thus reducing demand and escalation of need for future health and social care services
  • Provided core grants totalling £1.1million to over 40 key voluntary and community sector organisations who provide valuable services for residents
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