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Islington has awarded its highest honour – the Freedom of the Borough – to four exceptional recipients in recognition of their contributions to local life.
Honoured at last night’s special ceremony at Islington Town Hall were:
- Jennette Arnold OBE, former London Assembly Member and Islington councillor
- Yvonne Conolly CBE, the UK’s first Black female headteacher
- The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- The Whittington Health NHS Trust
Islington’s pioneering School Streets have helped children enjoy a cleaner, greener, and healthier school run, new monitoring data has revealed.
Islington will celebrate Black History Month with exciting free events for all – from performances, music, walking tours, and family fun, to conversations and sessions with trailblazing Black MPs, activists and influencers.
Islington Council and fashion co-operative open unique affordable workspace supporting local fashion talent in latest chapter of community wealth-building campaign
Local designer-makers and residents with an interest in garment production received a boost this week with the opening of a brand-new and unique affordable workspace in Finsbury Park.
Statue unveiled outside Whittington Health NHS Trust to commemorate Windrush and Commonwealth NHS nurses and midwives
A statue has been unveiled outside the Whittington Health NHS Trust to commemorate the extraordinary efforts of Windrush and Commonwealth NHS nurses and midwives, following a crowd-funding campaign supported by Islington Council.
Thousands of children and young people benefitting from a packed summer of activities laid on by Islington Council
Thousands of children and young people in Islington have been exploring the summer and expanding their horizons thanks to Islington Council’s summer activities programme.
Islington’s GCSE students celebrated a great set of results today (Thursday, 12 August) despite the trauma, upheaval and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.
Students across Islington are today (Tue 10 August) celebrating A Level, AS Level and Btec results following many months of hard work in the most challenging conditions.
Cllr Sue Lukes, Islington Council's Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “The incident in which a police officer in Islington knelt on Marcus Coutain’s neck in July last year shocked us all. The fact that this happened to a Black man so soon after the murder of George Floyd compounded the situation for many and damaged the trust of local people in the police.
Islington Council has hosted events to remember the victims of the Second World War V2 rocket tragedy, and to celebrate peace in the borough and beyond.
Islington Council cuts council tax bills for more than 19,000 households to help with Covid-19 hardship
Islington Council is giving an extra council tax rebate to more than 19,000 households to help support residents through the economic crisis caused by Covid-19.
The council has decided to give the extra rebate to provide additional financial support in these very difficult times.
Thousands of working-age households, who already receive assistance with council tax through Islington Council’s local council tax support scheme, will see up to another £150 cut from their bill.
The rebate through Islington’s Local Council Tax Support Hardship Scheme 2021-22 will reduce this year’s bill to zero for some households. All working age recipients of local council tax support during 2021-22 are eligible, and are being sent letters with more information.
Cllr Satnam Gill, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said: “We’re determined to make Islington fairer and we know very well the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on many of our residents, in terms of jobs, lost earnings and extra costs.
“To help households in our borough hit hard because of the economic crisis caused by Covid-19, we are giving an extra council tax rebate of up to £150 to thousands of homes with working-age residents.
“This means more than 19,000 homes will see lower council tax bills, or no bill, in 2021. This is part of our commitment to rebuilding a fairer Islington as we emerge from the pandemic.”
The 2021-22 scheme is funded by Islington Council, and is estimated to cost about £2.2 million; this will rise if more households become eligible to claim the rebate during 2021-22.
It follows a similar scheme in 2020-21, which was funded with a Government grant.
Islington Council is supporting Wings - a new, innovative, ethical food delivery app - as part of its commitment to building a local economy that works for everyone.