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Islington became the first council to pass 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.

A planned development on a Holloway estate has been panned by a group living on it – who say it could stop emergency services from accessing the tower blocks.

A council tenant says she feels helpless and isolated after eight years in a mouldy, damp-ridden home on Canonbury’s Marquess Estate.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused to say whether a law that allowed a new luxury flat complex in Archway to be created without any affordable flats should be axed.

Fewer than two hundred yards from Finsbury Park station lies the abandoned, derelict site of the former Powerhaus nightclub and music venue.

“It’s pretty clear we don’t want a development unaffordable to local people.” Will McMahon, who is leading the Community Plan for Holloway campaign, spoke before the latest meeting to discuss the Holloway Prison campaign had actually kicked off. But it was a safe assumption to make.

Snow storms, like the ones we had last week, always give us perspective when it comes to rough sleeping. But charities like Food For All have that perspective all year round.

A tenant is at her wits’ end over a locked gate which she believes could be a vital fire exit.

A new school and 66 new social homes are on their way in the south of the borough after councillors signed off proposals last night.

Council tenants in Highbury have been left with no heating or hot water for the coldest two weeks of the year because of a gas leak.

Islington Council will not back away from its quest to build council homes on the Sotheby Mews Day Centre site.

Islington Council this afternoon delayed the closure of Sotheby Mews Day Centre by 12 months – giving campaigners hope they can stop the shutdown for good.

A Cally housing association tenant has accused landlord Hyde of neglect after being forced to endure grim living conditions for more than a year.

Campaigners battling to save their estate from demolition have demanded the landlord investigates all other options to resolve damp issues.

The town hall has won a planning dispute over the need for affordable housing contributions from developers building 10 homes or less.

Last weekend, Brian Heywood opened the Brickworks community centre next to Ilex House in the Holly Park Estate. He, and late wife Marie, are impeccable examples of people who give to their community. Brian chatted to the Gazette.

A disabled pensioner was left without heating for six days after an Islington Council helpline told her: “Everyone is vulnerable – it’s not like you can jump the queue.”

Islington Council has been advised to consider sprinkler systems for all 126 of its high-rise housing blocks.

Hundreds of people celebrated the opening of a new community centre, as well as 23 new council homes, in Crouch Hill on Saturday.

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.

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