This week 30 years ago: 40,000 Islington Council tenants asked to choose rent rises or service cuts
- Credit: Archant
Islington Council chiefs planning a New Year package of rent rises and service cuts were asking tenants: “How shall we share out the misery?”
Bosses wanted to know whether the borough’s 40,000 council tenants would prefer:
– £2 a week on rent and sweeping cuts in services, or...
– £5 a week on rent and fewer cuts to services.
Barnsbury Estate rep George Belless said: “We are being told to support cuts which will create unemployment. We should accept no cuts whatsover.
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In better news, parents, pupils and teachers had won their battle to save Islington’s sixth forms.
Education minister Kenneth Baker threw out plans to replace all the borough’s sixth forms with one 1,500-place college.
- 1 Jeremy Corbyn on the fuel poverty crisis
- 2 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 3 Jailed: Man who nearly killed woman in ‘random’ Islington attack
- 4 Islington Council caretaker charged with rape and aggravated burglary
- 5 Call for action after scooter filmed riding on Islington pavement
- 6 Islington eco-festival opens – but what about the Edmonton incinerator?
- 7 Kentish Town teen creates football team to 'bring community together'
- 8 Islington Council to press ahead with people friendly streets - despite disabled pleas
- 9 'Exceptional' heroes granted Islington's highest award, the 'Freedom of the Borough'
- 10 Tree wardens to be recruited on every Islington estate 'to advocate for trees'
The announcement was a victory for Margaret Mann, head of Highbury Fields School, and Lawrie Norcross, former head of Highbury Grove. They led a long campaign against the government’s plans, backed by 30,000 petition signatures.