Hackney London Borough Council

All of the seats in Hackney were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 52 Total councillors 52 Change+2

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 5 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-3
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  1. Hackney Council bullying reports drop during pandemic

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The levels of Hackney Council staff reporting bullying and harassment have "dropped right away" over the past year, the borough's chief executive has revealed.

    HACKNEY TOWN HALL

    At a meeting on Tuesday, chief executive Tim Shields provided an update on its workforce, two years after allegations of intimidation, discrimination and racism within Hackney Council’s call centre were published by trade unions.

    An independent report, which was itself challenged by unions, did not confirm these allegations, but found at the time that poor working relationships in the department were found to be such as to have a “major impact on staff morale and service delivery”, and called for “urgent steps” to be taken to address problems with management culture and working practices.

    Mr Shields said since the report "a lot of intense work" within the teams has moved things on "substantially".

    “Throughout 2019 and into early 2020, despite having staff helplines ability to report bullying and harassment through a third party, during 2019 and early 2020 I’m only aware of one or two cases," he said.

    He added the drop in bullying claims could be due to the level of home-working during the coronavirus pandemic.

    According to Mr Shields, unions are now more engaged in policy work to prevent harassment and bullying.

  2. Mayor condemns 'shocking' Hackney rave

    The Mayor of Hackney has condemned a "shocking" illegal rave where 300 people attended and police issued more than £15,000 in fines.

    MET POLICE OFFICERS AT SCENE

    Officers raided an unlicensed music event in Nursery Road, Hackney, at 01.30 GMT on Sunday.

    Many people fled the scene, while organisers padlocked the doors from the inside to stop officers getting in, police said.

    No arrests were reported, but 78 fines of up to £200 for breaching lockdown restrictions were issued.

    Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville said the "flagrant breaching of lockdown rules" was done by a "selfish minority of people".

    He said: "Just last Saturday, we undertook a day of action with our enforcement team and the police to engage and inform on the rules.

    "However, it’s clear some people are simply unwilling to engage and we’ll be working with the police to see how we can support the prevention of such events in future," Mr Glanville added.

  3. Covid-19: Police issue £39,000 fines in one weekend

    Police on patrol with Hackney Council enforcement team

    Fines worth £39,000 were given out in Tower Hamlets and Hackney in two days for breaches of coronavirus regulations.

    The Metropolitan Police say they issued more than 140 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) at the weekend.

    Officers were called to a range of gatherings including a party of 40 people in Brick Lane, and a queue at a bubble tea shop which attracted up to 80 people in Tower Hamlets.

    Acting Chief Inspector Pete Shaw, said: “We are almost twelve months into this global pandemic and frankly the rules we must all follow have never been clearer.

    "It is safe to assume that the people who broke the rules this weekend did so willingly and in doing so, put their lives and those of their community at risk."

    Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said: We will continue working with our partners in the police to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to help keep Hackney safe, but residents and businesses all have a duty to do their bit too."

  4. Major new investment for popular adventure playground

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Playground

    Shoreditch Park Adventure Playground is to receive £350,000 from Hackney Council for a major refurbishment, with young people to help redesign a new play hut.

    Time has not been kind to the existing log cabin, built in 1984, which now has dry rot, a sinking floor and horizontal splits in its logs, as well as inadequate heating and no staff toilets.

    With investment now agreed to be delivered through to 2022, it is hoped that a replacement hut with a cabin/classroom and a fresh landscape design will give the popular playground a new lease of life.

    Before lockdown, Shoreditch Park hosted up to 130 young people a day during the school holidays, forming part of Young Hackney’s programme for young people to support physical and emotional health through play.

    The new play hut will be designed to be fully accessible for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, have new toilets, and be built with environmentally-friendly methods and materials.

  5. Hackney sees UC claimants rise by 140% in seven months

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    The number of people claiming Universal Credit in Hackney has rocketed by 140 per cent in just seven months, as the economic fallout from the global pandemic continues to bite.

    According to Department for Work and Pensions figures, there were 12,395 people on UC in the borough in January , rising to 13,125 in February.

    By September, this had risen to 31,522 people.

    According to council documents, while London’s overall employment rate continues to appear high at 76.5 per cent, the full scale of the jobs crisis caused by Covid-19 is not yet apparent in these figures.

    The Institute for Employment Studies finds that employers across the country are planning to make double the number of redundancies than were made at the height of the financial crisis – 380,000 from May to July 2020 versus 180,000 from January to March 2009.

    The Town Hall has been preparing for large numbers of people moving on to the government’s contentious UC system since earlier in the year, with officers warning of a risk not just of increased unemployment and unsecured debt, but “blighted” neighbourhoods if large numbers of businesses are forced to close.

    This represents a sharp contrast to the council’s pre-pandemic expectation that the East End would see high employment growth, particularly in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.

  6. Council ponders cyber security after Hackney attack

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A single email could be enough to bring down Redbridge Council’s whole IT system, according to a senior council officer.

    At a people scrutiny committee, councillors discussed the danger posed by a “serious” cyber attack like the one that hit Hackney Council on 13 October.

    More than a week later, Hackney residents are still unable to pay rent or council tax, access housing benefit payments, apply to the housing list or report noise complaints.

    An attack against Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in February, after which it took weeks for services to come back online, is estimated to have cost the authority more than £10 million.

    Committee chairman Cllr Paul Merry (Lab, Wanstead Park) asked for “reassurance” from officers given Redbridge Council is “at this stage very IT dependent”.

    Corporate director of resources Maria Christofi responded: “It can be something as simple as one email with one link in it that can cause the whole system to go down.

    “We are constantly messaging staff so they understand what an attack could look like, what a suspicious email could look like and what they should do if they are unsure.

    “You can’t legislate what someone might click on, you need to be there to mitigate the damage should it happen.

    “What’s important is to ensure that our back-ups are secure and it depends how sophisticated the attack is.”

    The council’s “cyber security strategy” for the next financial year is currently in development.

  7. Hackney's £65m budget overspend 'surreal'

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    Hackney Council has said that it will be left unable to make financial plans going into next year without commitments from central government on its core funding and how much more support it will receive to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

    Cllr Rebecca Rennison, who leads on finance for the council, was speaking as she introduced an overall financial position showing a £65m end-of-year budget shortfall, equivalent to just under 20 per cent of the council’s net budget.

    hat £65m has been reduced down following three tranches of government funding totalling around £40m, with the council still waiting to receive confirmation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on how much it will be compensated for its losses in sales, fees and charges during lockdown.

    Cllr Rennison said: “Sadly, these are all too familiar figures which reflect the impact of coronavirus. It is still the very surreal scenario of reporting an estimated end-of-year overspend to the tune of £65m.

    "Given the government’s contribution to emergency funding that we’ve received with more funding to come, we’re confident that we’ve got the number for this year down to a figure that we are able to manage.

    “What is becoming increasingly pressing is certainty around next year’s funding. It’s slightly unbelievable that we don’t yet have a clear steer from central government over what kind of funding or support we’ll get for the next financial year.

    “To be this late in the year and not to be in a position where we can put firm numbers against our budget is deeply unhelpful. So we are reiterating our calls to central government – we have to set a balanced budget, we have no alternative, and at the moment we are working off estimates for the coming year.

    "We really need clarity from central government about what kind of support we can expect from them.”

    tI is understood the shortfall following its reduction now stands at around £10m, though plans are now having to be made “with little or no funding certainty over the medium term”, according to Town Hall finance mandarin Ian Williams.

  8. Cyber attack leaves council systems paralysed a week on

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    Hackney Town Hall is working to support residents after a serious cyber attack first revealed on 13 October continues to leave many of its systems paralysed.

    Following the attack, the council has found itself unable to properly operate a number of key services, accept rents, service charges, council tax and business rates, and make housing benefit payments.

    Town Hall officers are also locked out of planning and licensing systems.

    It has not yet been confirmed how many residents have been affected or how long the disruption will continue, with the Town Hall working with the National Crime Agency (NCA), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the wake of the incident.

    A spokesperson for the NCSC said: “We are aware of an incident affecting Hackney Borough Council.

    "The NCSC is supporting the organisation and working with partners to understand the impact of this incident.”

    While some reports raised fears of evictions as a result of the impact on housing benefit payment, it is understood the council is in dialogue with landlords in the borough to whom housing benefit is paid directly, and is directly contacting those impacted by disrupted payments to offer them help and support.

    It is understood that no penalties will be incurred by residents or businesses unable to make or claim payments as a result of the disruption.

  9. Pub owner's plea to extend hours to help keep his business alive

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The owner of an historic Grade II-listed pub in Hoxton has spoken out in the battle to keep its doors open as the impact of the economic crisis continues to bite.

    The Stag’s Head has existed in its present building since 1936, and was a popular haunt at the time for workers on the Regent’s Canal and the nearby Player’s cigarette factory, with a pub of the same name standing on the site going back to the 1850s.

    However, current business owner Admir Hyka says its future, along with that of many other hospitality businesses, is now looking more uncertain, with a widespread cancellation in bookings as a result of this week’s ‘rule of 6′ Covid restrictions, suffering a 60 per cent drop in sales since reopening.

    Addressing a council licensing committee yesterday, Mr Hyka said: “The pandemic has devastated the economy, and has hit hard in particular the hospitality business. Like most Central London hospitality businesses, our business has seen a significant drop over the summer in comparison to last year.

    “Covid-19 has forced us to adapt to new ways of running our business. We cannot have live music, we cannot take bookings for the function room as we used to take them, we cannot have events for the music school across the street.

    “The British Pub Association announced yesterday that the hospitality industry will see a spike in redundancies once the furlough scheme is over. We are trying to do everything we can do to save our business and stop the Stag’s Head closing down.”

    Mr Hyka was presenting his case to Hackney councillors to extend the opening hours of the Stag’s Head’s outdoor space by one more hour to midnight, with customers currently leaving en masse when the garden closes at 23:00.

    A decision by Hackney Council is expected in the coming days.

  10. Hot weather blamed for young tree deaths after mass planting

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    The council is preparing to establish how many trees recently planted on Hackney Marshes have survived after images circulating on social media appeared to show a large number as having died.

    The marshes were the first place in the borough to see new planting under harrow Council commitments to plant three football pitches’ worth of trees over the next two years.

    Volunteers pitched in to help embed thousands of fruit and nut trees, broadleaf specimens and shrubs to create an edible woodland.

    The council’s partnership with charity Trees For Cities, through which drinks company Honest Organic funds the trees, means all specimens which have not survived will be replaced.

    The failure of so many plantings has been put down to hot weather in May, with the council stressing that all planned aftercare for the trees did take place.

    A Hackney Council spokesperson said: “We worked in partnership with charity Trees for Cities, the Tree Musketeers and local volunteers to plant the trees on Hackney Marshes.

    "This is part of a commitment to plant over 36,000 trees in the borough by 2022.

    “As part of our agreement, Trees for Cities will replace any saplings that do not survive. We are meeting with them in the coming week to determine those that need to be replaced.

    “Unfortunately, this period of extreme weather, one of the things that urban tree planting can help to mitigate, has impacted on their ability to establish.”

  11. Hackney mayor discusses rise in Covid-19 cases

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    Philip Glanville

    Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville has given an insight into the view from his position as directly elected leader of the borough, in a second wide ranging video interview with the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

    It was announced shortly before the interview that the borough along with the City of London had the highest two-week rise in cases in London.

    Responding to the issue, he said the "set of clusters" had been "identified by our public health tam".

    "The most important thing is the core basic public health advice, which is if you have symptoms self-isolate, get a test and take part in contact tracing," he said.

    He added that those "basics" were "still the best way to combat the virus".

  12. Council gives update on climate control pledge

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    Hackney Council has given its first annual update on its progress on decarbonisation, a year on from its declaration of a climate emergency.

    The borough is committed to a reduction of 45% in its carbon dioxide equivalent emissions against 2010 levels by 2030 and to delivering net zero emissions by 2040.

    According to the update report, by 2040 embodied emissions, or the total emissions generated to produce a building, could be the only remaining significant emissions from council operations.

    Hackney Town Hall

    It said that the inclusion of embodied carbon is a “bold step that signals our ambition to tackle significant emissions from consumption and in particular development.”

    The Labour-controlled council gave its update on the same day that its publicly owned energy company unveiled its first solar power installation at the West Reservoir Centre.

    As part of the update, the borough’s Mayor Philip Glanville (Labour) also promised last night to publish annual emissions data, as the Town Hall works on how to improve its analysis, with the results to be taken before a citizen’s assembly in the future as an “absolute commitment”.

  13. Council passes Black Lives Matter motion

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    Hackney Council has passed a motion supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The motion, brought by Labour councillors Sade Etti and Susan Fajana-Thomas, means the council is now committed to an explicitly anti-racist policy platform on areas including education, policing, and inequality.

    It will see the Labour-controlled council lobby the government to implement any outstanding recommendations from reports including the 2017 Lammy Review and the 2018 Lessons Learned review following the Windrush scandal.

    Town Hall will also address structural racism within its own organisation by improving diversity and providing local schools with teaching on anti-racist curriculums.

    Ms Fajana-Thomas said the The Black Lives Matter movement was “about respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

    However there was also dissent for the motion prior to it passing at Wednesday’s meeting, with Hackney Conservative councillor Harvey Odze, attempting to amend the text by removing the word ‘Black’ for the council to state that Lives Matter.

  14. 'Build your own home' challenge to Hackney locals

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    Hackney Council has laid down a challenge to locals to build their own home on council land.

    To be eligible to undertake the Self-Build Challenge, bidders for the scheme must be connected to Hackney either through living, working or studying here, not already own a home, and have a total household income of under £90,000.

    The council is welcoming applications for “innovative and environmentally-friendly” home designs on plots of land too small for council developments, with the aim of giving families priced out of the housing market a different route onto the ladder.

    Deputy Mayor Cllr Rebecca Rennison, cabinet member for finance, housing needs and supply, said: “The Self-Build Challenge is an example of how the council continues to explore all options to address the chronic housing shortage we now face.

    “It will encourage innovation and sustainability and make use of land that is currently boarded up and abandoned, for much needed housing.

    “We’re committed to encouraging cooperative and self-build ideas in order to support the delivery of a mix of housing that meets the needs of Hackney residents and the Self-Build Challenge will create an opportunity for more families to have a secure home in the borough.”

  15. Pandemic has 'decimated' Hackney's finances

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    Hackney Council’s income has been “decimated” by the impact of Covid-19, according to the deputy mayor.

    The council faces a towering financial blow of £67m this financial year, made up of around £24m in additional spending and £43m in lost takings.

    Central government has provided £18m of additional support to the borough so far, with an additional maximum of around £12.3m still to arrive.

    This leaves the council staring down a shortfall this year of around £37m.

    To put this in perspective, the entire funding loss experienced by the council during the past decade of austerity was £140m.

    Deputy Mayor Cllr Rebecca Rennison said: “While recent government announcements offer some potential opportunities, particularly around jobs for young people under 25 at risk of long-term unemployment, although we note our concern that this only references ensuring payment of the minimum wage rather than the London Living Wage, these can only partially mitigate against the devastating impact we are seeing of Covid-19 across our communities, our businesses and council services.

    “Costs have included everything, from additional staff to patrol our parks to food parcels for residents who need them. At the same time, council income, more important than ever after a decade of austerity and £140m of central government cuts, has been decimated.

    “Further funding commitments from central government will help us reduce the budget shortfall, and we are exploring those financial tools at our disposal to try and mitigate the remaining budget gap, but they do not place local government finance on a secure footing, and in some cases simply push difficult decisions further down the road.”

  16. Councils fear bankruptcy amid Covid-19 costs

    Cost of Covid-19

    Some of the largest UK councils say they may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt unless the government agrees to further support.

    Five councils - including Barnet - said emergency spending controls - so-called section 114 notices - could be needed due to the impact of Covid-19.

    Nearly 150 authorities have forecast a combined budget shortfall of at least £3.2bn, the BBC found.

    The government said it was working on a "comprehensive plan" for councils.

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