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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Homerton Hospital to see fivefold increase of ICU beds

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Homerton
Julie Cookson

The Homerton Hospital in Hackney is working flat out to increase its number of intensive care beds, with plans in place to “eventually” offer around 50, according to its chief nurse.

Catherine Pelley, chief nurse and director of governance, said the Homerton currently has about 27 patients in its intensive treatment unit (ITU), with an expectation that ventilators and equipment “will start arriving” for more places to be set up.

Ms Pelley warned that if ventilators do not arrive, the hospital will not be able to increase its capacity, though arrangements exist with Barts to move patients across, with the eventual possibility of sending patients on to NHS Nightingale once it opens at the ExCel Centre next week.

“The whole focus of the trust across our acute and community services is on the management of Covid-19. All our work is focused on that completely.

“By Easter we will have seen a six- to sevenfold increase in our mortuary capacity, of which the majority will be temporary, but we need to make sure this is sustainable, and there is more work to be done on where funerals can take place.”

Planned surgical procedures and outpatients appointments have also seen reductions, with only “urgent work” and clinical pathways around cancer still continuing, she said.

Coronavirus: Non-essential market stalls halted in Hackney

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Hackney Council is calling a halt to all market trading of stalls not carrying “essential goods”.

The move follows alarm over the weekend at widely shared images of crowded open air markets in London in apparent contravention of the government’s social distancing guidelines.

Many stalls are being severely impacted by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, with the Town Hall’s markets service reporting many traders have told it that they are “making little or no money at present”.

Ridley Road Market, which is the only one of six council-managed markets to run on weekdays, will from today host only traders in fruit and vegetables, fish, and household essentials, with all other traders encouraged to stay at home.

Those not trading, as long as their licences are renewed, will not have to pay for their pitch, with the arrangement maintained for at least the next four weeks, after which time the situation will be reviewed.

Remaining stalls Ridley Road will, subject to central government advice, spread out along the length of the street in order to address concerns raised by traders around the challenges of social distancing in bottlenecked or overcrowded conditions.

School cleaning jobs brought in-house at council

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The Town Hall is bringing a raft of school cleaner and facilities jobs at 10 schools in-house.

Over 120 jobs, currently part of a £2.5m contract with services giant Kier Group, will shift to schools and the council.

The decision has been taken as part of the council’s inclusive economy strategy, which was launched in riposte to theories based on the so-called trickle-down effect of economic growth and community concerns over local inequality.

It is understood that bringing ICT services back in-house has saved the council £1 million.

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville (Lab & Co-op), who recently attended protests pushing for cleaning services at the Homerton Hospital to be brought in-house, added that an outsourced facilities management contract for the Hackney Learning Trust building has been renegotiated for all staff to be paid the London Living Wage, currently £10.55 an hour.

Mayor Glanville said: “Schools and the council will have more control over their costs, as reactive maintenance budgets previously covered by the contract are now managed directly by schools.

“They are also directly employing premises staff while over 100 staff will now be on local authority contracts with all of the benefits that come with them.

“Whether through in-sourced services or procured contracts, anchor institutions like Hackney can use our services to benefit the local economy.”

Empty tower block to be transformed for local residents

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Hackney Council is planning to transform empty bedsits in a Clapton tower block into studio flats for locals on middle incomes.

The 16 flats, which are currently in a “poor condition” and sitting empty in Gooch House, will be offered to residents through the Hackney Housing Company, which was created in 2018 to offer homes at local living rent.

Rents for the 24sqm flats will be set at a third of local incomes, with the average salary in Hackney currently sitting at just over £27,000 per year.

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, introducing the project alongisde Cllr Sem Moema, his adviser for housing affordability, said: “I’m delighted that we’re aiming to deliver the next phase of Hackney Living Rent homes at Gooch House, with 16 much-needed homes aimed at local renters and offered at rates that won’t compromise their living standards or prevent saving for a deposit.

“By re-purposing outdated bedsits that no longer meet today’s standards, we’re making the most of council assets to provide high-quality, well-designed new homes and creating a local housing option that’s unavailable in Hackney at present.”

The Mayor went on to pledge that Hackney living rent properties offer “longer tenancies, no unfair evictions and deposits of no more than three weeks’ rent”.

Council vows to plant 'three football pitches' of trees in two years

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Hackney Council has promised three football pitches worth of trees to be planted on the borough’s parkland over the next two years.

The roughly 30,000 trees will be funded by a drinks company through charity Trees For Cities, with the news coming hot on the heels of a November commitment for 5,000 more street trees in the same time period.

Hackney Marshes will see 6,500 plantings of edible woodland in the New Year, with public realm boss Cllr Jon Burke saying that the tens of thousands already promised by the Town Hall is a minimum ambition.

Cllr Burke said: “My ambition is, if you look at Hackney in ten years time, and it doesn’t look like we’ve built a city in the middle of a forest, then we’ll have failed. That is the aim.

“It’s only when there is no viable space left to deliver that we’ll have to start thinking more creatively about what we do next. If every local authority in the country was doing that, we’d see something quite dramatic in the UK.

“We are one of the smallest local authority areas in the whole of England, so if every council was doing what we are doing over the next two years or so, we’d plant 15 million trees between us."

Views sought on Windrush generation artwork shortlist

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Hackney Council is seeking residents’ opinion on a final shortlist of three proposals for a permanent artwork celebrating and honouring the Windrush generation.

It is hoped the work, to be placed in Hackney Town Hall Square, will become a “landmark of national significance”, underlining the importance to the country of those arriving between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries.

The Town Hall also wants the art to establish a place where the contribution of migrants from all countries can be celebrated, to allow those experiencing the work to reflect on migration “through the lens of Windrush”.

Resident Veronica White, who was born in Jamaica and came to the UK when she was seven, said: “We’re a part of the community, so I believe we need to be represented.

We have contributed a lot to this country in general, and I don’t think it’s seen, what we’ve done.

“My parents came around the time of the Windrush, settled in Hackney and have been here ever since. My dad died here.

“This has taken a long time. We’ve been here, and we’re not really represented in any way. We’ve come here, we’ve done a lot – they used to say back in the day that we came and built the country up.

“I don’t know if that’s fact, but we did come in, contribute and help. So we should be given some form of recognition.”

New funding to help autistic pupils 'prepare for adulthood'

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A school for children with a diagnosis of autism (ASD) is to receive millions in funding for a new sixth form for its students, the only one of its kind in Hackney.

The Garden School in Stoke Newington, which has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted twice and hosts 150 students, has been vocal about the need for a post-16 provision for the borough for years.

Now Hackney Council has approved just over £1.5m in central government grant money to fund a feasibility study and future expansion of a new site for the sixth form, with the Garden to put up £500,000 for the remaining investment.

A Garden School spokesperson said: “It’s early days, but it obviously is really exciting news for our parents in particular, because there is no specialist post-16 provision for students with a diagnosis of autism like this in the borough, and we’ve been requesting it for four or five years.

“All indicators are that we will get this post-16 provision, as the council seems to be onside as well. Because it’s on another site, we’ll be able to develop a lot more focus on preparation for adulthood.

“What we want to do is set them up for the next stage of their life, and see how we can move them into the community and find supportive settings and placements."

The sixth form new site would prevent students having to leave their community for their education.

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