Islington housing is taken back in house

The long-awaited return of social housing stock to Islington Council control officially took place on Monday.

Since 2004, council housing has been managed by Home for Islington (HfI) – an arms length management organisation. Despite spending �600million on refurbishing 18,000 properties, HfI has received widespread criticism.

It is hoped the move will save up to �2 million a year by reducing the layer of management, ploughed into repairs and building new homes.