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
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Council to challenge newsletter court ruling

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Waltham Forest council has been forced to stop publishing its newsletter, but has vowed to keep fighting a High Court ruling against them.

Waltham Forest Council’s newsletter, Waltham Forest News, was last published on 10 June and council notices have since started to appear in local newspapers for the first time.

Despite this, the council insists its position hasn’t changed and it will continue to fight the decision.

Waltham Forest Council lost a taxpayer funded judicial review when it took the Government to court last month over an order to stop printing its newsletter more than four times a year.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 states it is illegal for a council to print its own newsletter more often than this.

The council now plans to take the case to the Appeals Court. According to Conservative ward councillors in Endelbury £27,000 of taxpayer's money was spent on the judicial review and a further £15,000 will be spent on the appeal

A council spokesperson said: “We did not take the decision to challenge the Government lightly.

"We know that our residents appreciate a newspaper that champions both the people and the area giving every household a vital guide to what’s on and what’s great about Waltham Forest. Therefore we are appealing the decision.”

Waltham Forest council along with Newham and Hackney councils are the only three nationwide refusing to abide by government guidelines and legal requirements on newsletter publication frequency.

Council's first female CEO named

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Lewisham Council has appointed its new chief executive, former Hackney Council housing boss Kim Wright.

She was chosen from an all-women shortlist, Mayor Damien Egan told the council, and is the borough’s first female chief executive.

Ms Wright will be paid a £180,000 salary – less than former chief executives Ian Thomas and Barry Quirk, who were paid £185,000 and £196,254.

Mr Egan said: “We had a very high bar in terms of what we were looking for. We were focused on experience and experience of change in London.

“We had a fantastic short list and long list which was made up of some the most experienced women leaders within local government.

“Kim is currently the executive director of neighbourhoods and housing at Hackney Council. She joins Lewisham with a huge wealth of direct experience with transforming and improving services for Hackney residents and involving communities in that change,” he added.

Ms Wright will start at the council at the end of October.

Rainbow crossing marks Pride month

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A “rainbow road crossing” has been unveiled in Tower Hamlets and Hackney celebration of Pride month.

The colourful markings were painted in Hackney Road on the border of the two boroughs.

Mayor John Biggs and Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville unveiled the crossing.

Mr Biggs said: “It was great to join Mayor Glanville, alongside members of staff, the community and councillors from both our great boroughs to celebrate the installation of the special Pride crossing.

“The crossing will provide a colourful and powerful reminder of the importance of Pride and of demonstrating our ongoing friendship and solidarity with our LGBT+ friends and neighbours.”

Tower Hamlets council has also teamed up with East London Out Project (ELOP) – an LGBT+ support organisation – to provide several free events during Pride month.

These include the Pride Picnic in the Park on 30 June from 14:00 to 18:00 in Victoria Park and a Pride film screening on 20 July at 20:00 in Poplar Union.

A group of teenagers are showing Hackney Council employees how to use Snapchat.
The initiative has been started by Hackney Council as part of a move to keep young people safe online.

Council to begin restoration of Abney Park chapel ruins

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Abney Park Cemetery Chapel
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The ruins of one of Europe’s oldest non-denominational chapels are set for a rebirth after Hackney Council announced an initial £314,000 grant for renovations.

Stoke Newington’s Abney Park Cemetery Chapel is one of the "magnificent seven" cemeteries in the capital and the only surviving public building by architect William Hosking, according to the Victorian Society.

The chapel, which had hoardings erected around it by the council for safety reasons in 2014, has come in for a beating over the years, with interference of the contents of its catacombs even leading to rumours of the practice of dark magic on the site.

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville said the grant for the "historic site" will be used "to maintain and improve a green space that residents can enjoy and contribute to a more sustainable Hackney.”

Abney Park garden cemetery was laid out in 1840, and the council has been working on stabilising Hosking’s gothic centrepiece, though there are still “significant issues” with the structure.

Works to improve the site are expected to cost around £4m, which will be provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund if the council is successful in Phase 2 of its funding application.

Mayor Glanville also made funding announcements of over £6m to be spent on facilities for 14 different primary schools across the borough, as well as £834,000 in upgrade works to Hackney Service Centre.

Former gang members urge schools to stop exlusions

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Case workers of children at risk of gang activity and exploitation have called on Hackney schools to stop excluding pupils in order to keep them in a protective environment.

Damion Roberts and Samir Khattab, who work for St Giles Trust’s SOS Project and were formerly involved in gang crime themselves, spoke out as part of an evidence-gathering session for Hackney’s Integrated Gangs Unit (IGU).

The borough saw 43 children permanently excluded from state-funded primary and secondary schools in 2016/17, a higher rate than any of the previous five years.

Mr Roberts said: “I don’t want to take nothing away from teachers, because they do a brilliant job.

“Some of the kids are getting excluded for simple reasons, for three, four, five days at a time. In those days, that kid’s at home.

"Mum’s at work, dad’s gone off. Where do you think that kid’s going to end up?

“Then he’s trapped, and that is the problem. In terms of what can schools do – stop excluding them, it’s as simple as that. Work with them, communicate with the family, find out what’s really going on in the background.

“Young people gravitate to a life that’s exciting. We basically damp down that excitement part of it, because they’re not told about the other side, the violent side. The prison, the loss of families, the ruined lives. “It’s not discussed out there, it’s more the money, the cars, you get this, you get that – they gravitate to that lifestyle.”

The pair were talking to a meeting of the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission.

The IGU was set up in 2010 to respond to the escalating serious violence linked to gang criminality in Hackney.

Hackney Council launches 'dementia friends' scheme

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All new Hackney Council staff are to attend workshops to train them up as “dementia friends”.

The sessions are part of a wide-ranging council initiative in partnership with the Hackney Dementia Action Alliance (HDAA) and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Every new staff member at the Town Hall will now attend the workshops, which are designed to educate participants on how dementia affects someone and what they can do to help.

The Town Hall committed to making Hackney a dementia-friendly community in January, in a combination of building awareness around the disease, outreach to local business, and events for people living with dementia and their carers.