About Islington

3Put simply, Islington is one of the poorest and most unequal places in the country.

Islinton’s reality is:

  • 1 in 5 people live in poverty
  • the borough is ranked in the bottom 10% of deprived areas in England
  • we have one of the highest levels of child deprivation – 38% of our children live in poverty
  • we have one of the highest levels – fifth in England – of older people suffering deprivation

The impact of poverty reaches into every aspect of life.  If you are poor in Islington you are more likely to suffer from serious physical and mental health problems.  Life expectancy for men in the borough is one of the lowest in the country and we have England’s highest rate of serious mental ill health.

At the same time, Islington benefits from one of the most vibrant voluntary and community sectors in the country, which means we have the expertise and opportunities to help make positive change for Islington residents.

Constant change

Change and diversity make Islington one of England’s most vibrant urban boroughs.  Over half of Islington’s residents are from Black Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities and each year almost 10% of our population move in or out of the borough.