Distant neighbours: poverty and inequality in Islington

Distant neighbours: poverty and inequality in Islington
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Penny, Joe; Shaheen, Faiza; Lyall, Sarah
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
2 October 2013
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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A report uses qualitative investigation and public datasets to investigate levels of poverty and social inequality in the London Borough of Islington. It is reported that poorer people in the borough suffer from social isolation, mental illness, and wages that are insufficient to support a decent lifestyle. Increasing property prices have squeezed middle-income people out of the borough, so that it is increasingly polarised between high-income property owners and low-income people in social housing. There is also evidence of increased social segregation between low- and high-income residents. It is predicted that by 2020 a minimum household income of £90000 will be required to live in Islington other than in social housing. It is recommended that the Cripplegate foundation should support lower-income people directly with health, well-being, socialisation opportunities and training, work with service providers to prevent poverty and inequality, and campaign politically against national government policies that contribute to the borough's problems.

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