SNAPSHOT: One voice

Users of the disabled children's charity Palace for All demonstrated outside Islington Town Hall last Thursday against the council's plans to sell its premises. The charity will appeal against the recent rejection of a bid to buy the property, citing the principle of "best consideration". This allows authorities to sell property below market value if this enhances social, economic and environmental wellbeing. "For an outlay from Islington Council of £30,000, we provide services worth £200,000," said Sue King, co-ordinator of Palace for All. "They say they have an obligation to provide 'best value', but how much will it cost to set up an alternative service if the centre closes?" Islington Council is considering a new bid from Barnsbury Housing Association, the charity's preferred buyer.

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