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Islington Council is “looking for alternatives” to a controversial private firm that concluded a homeless refugee who had been tortured was not vulnerable and did not qualify as being in “priority need” for housing.

Workers fear they’ve been inhaling harmful fibres for years after a staff area in the Barnsbury Estate was “locked down” yesterday following an asbestos inspection.

Isilngton Council has backed down over a controversial plan to ban rough sleeping under Stroud Green bridge – but will still ask the High Court for an injunction to stop begging and anti-social behaviour in the area.

The head of a consortium charged with letting and managing 6,440 council homes via two Public Finance Initiative (PFI) deals was lambasted over the group’s performance at a town hall meeting on Tuesday.

The Hornsey Road Traders Association has donated £3,500 to its new homeless shelter neighbour, which is due to open any day now.

Conservative mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey has sided with Islington’s Labour council in its efforts to lease empty Roman Way flats off the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) – sort of.

Islington’ Council’s new permanent street sleeping chief Sarah Turley speaks to Lucas Cumiskey about austerity, Universal Credit and short term tenancies and the impact they are having

Firefighters tackled a blazing flat in Oakley Road on Saturday

I shouldn’t be surprised, but backing out of a deal to let Islington fix up and let out 29 huge empty flats behind Pentonville Prison is really shameful behaviour from the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has snubbed Islington Council’s attempts to lease 29 three- and four-bedroom flats near Pentonville Prison to accommodate homeless families, the Gazette can reveal.

A 12-year-old with the UK’s only known case of a rare genetic condition risks breaking her fragile bones every time she’s carried up and down the steps to her Clerkenwell flat, claims her mother.

A disabled poet has slammed Newlon Housing Trust for leaving him to survive without heating or hot water in his Lower Holloway flat for “nearly a month”.

A temporary homeless shelter set to open in Hornsey Road next week is a “unique pilot” mapping out how empty commercial buildings can be used to tackle London’s street sleeping crisis.

Firefighters led neighbours and young children to safety after a Holloway flat went up in flames last night.

Islington Council gave homeless people forewarning before carrying out a “deep clean” of the street they sleep on near Finsbury Park station yesterday.

Islington is set to raise council tax as it prepares for a further £50million of central government cuts by 2022 – but it has vowed to keep building council houses and protecting core services.

A leaseholder after permission to sell alcohol above the Nag’s Head market has dropped his request for a music licence in the hope it will make the controversial application more palatable to councillors.

A disabled father of four has described the “living hell” of having no working gas at his Archway housing estate since the summer.

A Christmas appeal is raising cash to support “hundreds of homeless young people” in King’s Cross and the surrounding area over the festive period.

A nurse was “nearly killed” when the ceiling of her housing association flat off the Holloway Road collapsed on Friday.

Elderly service users of a Highbury day centre set for demolition staged an impassioned and slightly surreal demonstration on the Town Hall steps last night.

Islington passed a motion of no confidence in the government’s flagship social welfare reform last night.

More than 50 volunteers scoured the roads of Islington to count rough sleepers and create a “snapshot” of the borough’s street homeless population on Friday.

London’s first new purpose-built accommodation for vulnerable homeless people in more than a decade moved a step nearer completion last week when structural work was completed.

Caledonian Road leaseholders shared victory after battling the UK’s largest affordable housing association over “vague” service charges, which were dropped last week.

A Tufnell Park priest wants to open her church up to the community – and she’s fighting for more social housing in Islington.

Cold calling fraudsters and rogue traders are inflicting “misery and upset” on people across Islington, including one householder who was defrauded of £100,000.

Neighbours in Newington Green are fighting council plans to build 45 new homes on an estate, claiming the work would breach Islington’s own conservation policies.

Islington Council has set its sights on Clerkenwell Fire Station, Sainsbury’s in Liverpool Road and the Seven Sisters Road gyratory in a major planning document covering the next 17 years.

Back in 2016, we reported on plans to flatten one of the blocks at Besant Court.

An encampment of rough sleepers in a King’s Cross estate has left some neighbours “petrified” – but its homeless inhabitants claims they just want somewhere safe to stay.

A woman claims she’s “lucky to be alive” after an 80ft tree came crashing through her kitchen window in Clerkenwell.

Sadiq Khan was grilled over the empty Holloway Prison and Police Station sites at the Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday night.

Sadiq Khan has pledged nearly £25 million worth of funding for Islington to build new council homes with.

Islington could cease outsourcing a chunk of its council housing management when a Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contact runs out in four years’ time, according to council chiefs.

A chatty Big Issue seller who died alone in a hostel room. A table tennis-playing “teddy bear” who killed himself. At least four people who were homeless in Islington have died over the last 12 months, but no one is recording their deaths.

A housing association has been lambasted for its “appalling” approach to repair and maintenance work on a Clerkenwell estate.

More affordable housing could be built across the country thanks to a “game-changing” High Court victory for Islington Council, with the judge’s comments set to influence new guidance for surveyors.

A private landlord and an agent have been found guilty of managing a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) without a licence and billed £22,000.

Premier Inn was granted planning permission to build a new branch in Finsbury Park last night – but a ward councillor warned against the “mushrooming of budget hotels” in the area.

The more I learn about planning, the more it seems like a dark art.

Islington’s housing chief and his City Hall equivalent are lobbying surveyors to stop developers wriggling out of their duty to build affordable homes.

More than 130 homes on the Barnsbury Estate were left without electricity, gas and hot water on Monday – some for seven hours.

Islington’s housing boss says scrapping the borrowing cap could make big difference to home building in the borough – but only if the Tories “cut red tape around Right to Buy receipts and grant funding.”

Elderly people fought to save a Highbury day centre from closure at a heated full council meeting last night, during which the mayor of Islington told the borough’s housing boss to “shut up”.

An education charity has left tenants in its housing stock stranded after handing them eviction notices so it can build more homes.

Islington’s housing chief says the government “just doesn’t get” the housing crisis after today’s green paper revealed there will be no money to build new council homes.

Haringey Council has confirmed it will be looking to increase anti-homelessness funding to tackle rough sleeping in Stroud Green Road, after the borough’s provision was criticised.

Campaigners have won the battle to stop their historic estate off Upper Street being demolished – but many may still be forced out of their homes.

A fire that filled a Highbury tower block with acrid smoke has forced occupants to find alternative accommodation.

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