Our vision for a fairer Islington
Since our pioneering Fairness Commission in 2010 Islington has been a borough with one clear vision:
We’re determined to make Islington fairer and to create a place where everyone, whatever their background, has the same opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.
To help bring our vision to life we have four clear objectives:
Decent and genuinely affordable homes for all: building new council homes, protecting private renters, being a good landlord and preventing homelessness
Jobs and opportunity: delivering an inclusive economy, supporting people into work and ensuring young people have the best possible start
A safer borough for all: tackling ASB, ensuring young people are safe and encouraging a more cohesive borough for all
A greener and cleaner Islington: keeping Islington clean and tidy, encouraging greener travel, creating a healthier environment for all and tackling the climate crisis.
Delivering fairness has been an increasing challenge not least because of around £250m cuts to our budget by government over the last ten years. However we’ve managed to balance our budgets and have continued to make strides towards our goal.
We know that how we do things will be just as important as what we do. That’s why we consulted our whole organisation back in 2017 to help us decide what our corporate values should be and we’re now in the process of embedding them into the way we work.
Our corporate values are:
Collaborative: this is about acting as team – across our organisation, with our partners and our community - to help provide a joined up service to residents
Empowering: we respect, trust and support one another to do our best for our borough
By living these values, we know we’ll be able to deliver the most effective and responsive services we can for our residents.
Fairer Together – a new partnership for Islington
Many residents in Islington face deep social challenges, driven by deprivation and inequality. These can include complex and multiple problems with housing, employment, offending, domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse and so have repeated contact with our services and those of our partners – health services, job centres, the criminal justice system and housing providers.
We believe that through prevention, early intervention and supporting our communities to be more resilient we can create successful solutions to these problems. But we cannot do it alone.
That’s why we are now seeking to build on our existing partnerships with colleagues across the public and voluntary sector to tackle these issues and deliver fairness.
The partnership, which is co-chaired by our Leader Cllr Richard Watts and CCG Chair Jo Sauvage, is currently in the very early stages of development but we hope to see it taking shape in a number of ways:
- A shared approach to strategy and investment
- Shared principles of ways of working – the Fairer Together Way
- Integrated Locality Teams to ensure more joined up support for local people
- New Community Networks to bring together key players in each locality around common goals and priorities
Working together in this way will allow us to see the big picture across all organisations’ service provision – allowing us to identify opportunities to add value, improve outcomes, and reduce duplication and costs.
We are incredibly proud of the way Islington’s community has come together during the COVID-19 crisis. This experience is already helping us to develop our early ideas and we expect our Fairer Together partnership will continue to play a central role in our recovery plans for Islington.