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Sixteen new council houses have been unveiled on top of the new Cat and Mouse Library in Archway.

The town hall has responded to a wrist slap by the High Court over how it allocates council housing by giving more points to hard-up homeless families who would otherwise not qualify.

Well, there we are. In 2017, dare we say, Emily Thornberry has become one of the UK’s most popular MPs and is tipped as a future Labour leader. She’s been in the national spotlight for her frank TV interviews and sharp Prime Minister’s Questions performances. But we’re more interested in her day job, as Islington South and Finsbury MP. She talks to the Gazette about a year in her constituency.

For most of us, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and indulging ourselves – but for some, it brings an acute feeling of loneliness.

King’s Cross was once a hotspot for crack cocaine and prostitution – now an independent study (albeit one commissioned by a developer) has concluded that flattening and rebuilding it has been good for the area.

A housing association that has suggested demolishing a historic Islington estate because it has “too many” damp homes could not say how many were actually affected at a shambolic public meeting.

A 2,303-strong petition against the closure of Sotheby Mews Day Centre was presented to Islington Council last night.

A couple say their wish to adopt is being held up because the town hall hasn’t fixed a leak from the flat above theirs for 18 months – leaving the spare bedroom uninhabitable.

More than 500 people have backed the council’s demand that half of the homes built on the Holloway Prison site should be “genuinely affordable”.

It’s good, though not dreadfully surprising, that Islington Council has won backing for its Holloway Prison plan.

Sadiq Khan has rejected thousands of calls to bid for the empty Holloway Prison site – but said yesterday it would be an “outrage” if it ended up as vacant luxury housing.

The leader of Islington Council has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging the government to lift legislation which stops the town hall building more council homes.

Over 1,000 people have pressured mayor of London Sadiq Khan to bid for the Holloway Prison site.

An Arsenal fan who spent two years sleeping rough in Finsbury Park after fleeing civil war as a child soldier has found a home and a job – and is on the way to realising his dream.

Islington Council has finished building seven new council homes at “genuinely affordable” rent – but it’s just a drop in the ocean as it tries to overcome the housing crisis.

A disused boozer in Hornsey Road could be turned into flats if the owners get their way.

Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association still hasn’t responded to our requests for comment on the St Mary’s Path estate.

An expert surveyor says the only reason the St Mary’s Path Estate could be damp enough to need knocking down would be if a tidal wave had hit it.

The price of housing in Islington, measured by square metre, almost doubled between 2004 and 2016 according to new government figures.

People who have lived on an Islington estate their whole life have been told they may be forced out of their homes.

When it applied for permission to demolish the old Bernard Morgan House and build 104 luxury flats with a private cinema on the Golden Lane Estate, Taylor Wimpey argued that it couldn’t afford more than a £1.5million contribution towards “affordable” housing.

In recent months, two women have been sleeping on mattresses under the Stroud Green Road bridge. Loretta Thomas tells their stories – and finds out what barriers are stopping them accessing the help they need.

Campaigners who say a luxury housing block will ruin their historic estate are using their own homes directly opposite as a billboard to picket developers.

The volunteers who welcome refugees to Islington are appealing for landlords with empty properties to help them settle two more Syrian families.

The Holloway Prison site has been advertised as an “exceptional development opportunity” by the agents handling the sale – but no mention is made of affordable homes or community uses.

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