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.
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.
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- 2 Gunners pub back open for Premier League climax
- 3 Man accused of sexual assaults in Camden and Islington bailed
- 4 'Wrong place, wrong time': Men convicted after fatal mistaken revenge shooting
- 5 New community mural painted by residents unveiled in Stoke Newington
- 6 12 stolen phones recovered after stop and search in Hackney
- 7 Jailed: Members of 'sophisticated' drugs crime gang sentenced
- 8 Fast food chain Leon launches 80th restaurant in Angel
- 9 Thunderstorms to hit London this evening warns Met Office
- 10 Call for fuel payment machines in Hackney and Islington
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.