Families in Islington

We are committed to empowering families in Islington, ensuring they have the resources and support needed to build a good future. 

The Context

Islington is the 6th most deprived out of 32 London boroughs. Islington is the most deprived borough in London for income deprivation affecting children and, even before the current cost of living crisis, there were more than 11,500 families living in fuel poverty in Islington.

Child poverty is closely linked to parents’ / carers’ unemployment – approximately 18% of Islington children under 16 live in households with relative low income and 14% in absolute low income.

19% of Islington school pupils have some form of Special Educational Needs. This compares to 15% across London and England. Without access to services and social networks children have been at risk of falling behind and losing crucial years of development, particularly for very young children and for those with special educational needs, or behavioural difficulties.

93% of lone parents with dependent children are women. And because being a lone parent increases the likelihood of unemployment, household income is often lower than average for lone parents.

Helpful links

  1. Shine London – is a fuel poverty network and free energy advice service for Londoners
  2. Bright Start Islington – can help families from pregnancy to a child’s 5th birthday with access to children’s centres, health centres, nurseries, libraries and more
  3. Citizens Advice Islington – has trained volunteers and specialist case workers who can provide free advice to you and your family on a range of issues including Family, Debt, Energy and Benefits support.