Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Make sure you are registered to vote

The way that everybody registers to vote has changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
This has replaced the old 'household registration' system and means that each individual voter has to register.

Voting is the single most important right in a democratic society and everybody who is entitled to vote should be allowed to register easily.

Registration to vote is now available online. It only takes around five minutes and you will need to input your National Insurance Number if you have one.

If you need assistance with this or any other voter registration issues Hackney Council are running Voter Registration Days in four of the borough's libraries. Staff will be on hand to help people register and answer any questions.

Voter registration days are taking place on Wednesday 28th January and Monday 23rd March from 10.30am to 7pm at Woodberry Down, Shoreditch, Hackney Central and Dalston CLR James libraries.

For more information of Individual electoral Registration (IER) go here.

To register or update your details go to the Government website.

For full details on all ways to register to vote visit the Hackney Council website.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Find yourself in Hackney

Hackney Council can provide great opportunities for aspiring professionals in all areas of business. or call general enquiries on 020 8356 3000.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Ward Forum - Tackling Inequality in Hackney

The De Beauvoir ward forum is taking place on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at 7pm and we would like to invite all residents of De Beauvoir ward (which stretches from the Regent's canal in the south, north to Balls Pond Road and from its eastern edge on Kingsland Road, west to Southgate Road).

We, as Labour councillors, want to hear your views about how we can ensure that everyone in Hackney benefits from the ever-growing prosperity in the borough.

In 2015, your Council is launching "Hackney: A Place for Everyone", a wide-ranging community engagement programme to hear residents’ views on inequality, cohesion, and the way Hackney is changing.

This follows an announcement, by Hackney's mayor, Jules Pipe, when he told the Council in October 2014:

"There can be no doubt that Hackney is a far better place than it was 10 or 15 years ago – cleaner, safer, and more prosperous. It is a better place to live, to work and to raise a family. But that success has brought with it a whole new set of challenges centred on the widening gap between those at either end of our borough’s social spectrum.

We want to create space for people to share their feelings about the way the borough is changing and to tell us how the change is affecting them, in both positive and negative terms.  

We want people to give us their ideas about how we can promote community cohesion, and protect what is best about Hackney."  

The De Beauvoir ward forum on the 13 January, at 7pm, is part of that process, and we hope very much that local residents will be able to join us at the Rose Lipman Centre (on the corner of De Beauvoir Road and Downham Road).

We will be joined by representatives of the Council's Ways into Work job agency, as well as Council officers from the Hackney 100 apprenticeship scheme, as examples of ways in which the Labour-run Council is trying to improve life for the most socially and economically marginalised in Hackney.  But these are just examples of what your Council can do to make Hackney work for everyone in this borough but we want your views and ideas about what else we can do.

An earlier, borough-wide discussion was arranged at Hackney Town Hall in November 2014, with invited expert speakers.  You can see videos from that well-attended event and download the presentations at this site.

Friday, 5 December 2014

The De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair - 13 December 14

The De Beauvoir Association Christmas Fair 2014 takes place on Saturday 13th December.
This year there will be 40 stalls offering food, homewares, handmade jewellery, Christmas cards, mulled wine and much more.

Profits from the fair will be donated to help fight against Ebola in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

The Fair takes place on Saturday 13th December from 11to 5pm in the Crypt of St. Peter's Church, Northchurch Terrace and is £1 entrance on the door.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hackney Play Streets!

For more information or to apply for a Play Street Order go to the Hackney Council Website,
or the Hackney Play Association. Or call 020 8356 3000

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Hackney Winter Warmer is back!

The popular Hackney Homes Winter Warmer event returns this December.

This is a day for Hackney Homes residents over the age of 55 to get advice about keeping warm healthy and active over the coming winter months.

Along with energy advisors and health practitioners there will also be computer training. There will also be information on community and social opportunities for Hackney residents.

The Winter Warmer takes place on Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 from 12.30 to 5.30pm in the Assembly Rooms at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.

Places are limited and this event is always well attended, so if you wish to book a place, get in early to avoid missing out.

To book a place at the Hackney Winter Warmer December 2014 call 020 8356 7845, email get, or visit us in Hackney Downs at 1-4 Olympus Square, London, E5 8PL.
Spaces will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

More info on the Hackney Homes website.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hackney Council Public Discussion - Tackling Inequalities. November 24th

For more information go to Hackney Council's site.
Follow the discussion on twitter using #hackneydebate

Friday, 24 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Consultation: Returning housing management to the Council

Hackney Council is consulting on the future of social housing services in Hackney. The Council is asking its secure and introductory tenants and leaseholders to tell it if they support or oppose returning housing management services to Hackney Council from April 2016.

At the moment, a body called Hackney Homes is responsible for managing council homes in Hackney. Hackney's council homes are owned by the Council but they are run separately from Council control, by Hackney Homes. Hackney Homes collects council housing rent, and it repairs and maintains council homes.

Why the Council is Consulting

Hackney Homes was set up in 2006 to manage the improvement of tenants’ homes to meet the “Decent Homes Standard”.

The “Decent Homes Standard” applies to all housing rented from a council or housing association. In 2000, the Labour government announced that all council tenants should live in a decent home. Essentially, this meant that homes should be safe, wind- and weather-tight, warm and have reasonably modern kitchens and bathrooms. Unsurprisingly, most of the improvement to council homes was needed in the most deprived local authority areas, such as Hackney.  

To receive additional funding, councils had to consider a range of options all of which meant transferring management of council homes to another body. That is why, after consultation with residents, Hackney Council created Hackney Homes.

Hackney Homes is due to complete the improvement of Hackney's council homes to the Decent Homes Standard in 2015 and funding for this type of work is no longer dependent on having separate management of council homes, so Hackney Homes is no longer needed. This is one of the reasons why the Council feels it is right to review the existing arrangement.

Before 2006, the Council managed its own housing, providing some services directly and some through a variety of contracts. 

The outcome of the consultation will not affect any works scheduled to take place under the current Decent Homes programme or those identified as part of its successor works programme, the Hackney Investment Programme. The outcome of the consultation will not affect anyone's tenancy or lease with the Council either.

As the Council’s management contract with Hackney Homes is due to end on 31 March 2016, the Council wants to gather council tenants' and leaseholders' views on how their homes should be managed in the future.

Hackney Council and Hackney Homes' board recommend that housing management services return to the Council when the Council’s management contract with Hackney Homes ends.

How to tell the Council what you think about the proposal

Every registered Hackney Homes secure and introductory tenant and leaseholder will have been sent a letter, a questionnaire and a summary document explaining the proposal. It is important for each person who received a letter to reply by returning the questionnaire or taking part on-line.

If you wish to take part on-line, you should have received a code in your letter, allowing you to respond to the Council's on-line survey.  

You can find that survey here:

Make sure you respond by 31 October, when the consultation will end.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Consultation: Hackney Draft Transport Strategy 2014 - 2024

Hackney Council is consulting on the future of transport in the borough for the next ten years with the launch of the Draft Transport Strategy 2014 - 2024.

The transport strategy consists of an overarching document which sets out the Council’s transportation aims, objectives and priorities, and six “daughter” plans that will make up the Hackney Transport Strategy:
  1. Hackney Transport Strategy Overarching Document
  2. Walking Plan
  3. Cycling Plan
  4. Public Transport Plan
  5. Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan
  6. Road Safety Plan (2014-2016)
  7. Sustainable Transport Draft SPD

Why the Council is consulting residents

The big idea is that, by 2024, Hackney’s transport system will be an exemplar for sustainable urban living in London. It will be fair, equitable, safe and responsive to the needs of its residents and businesses, helping to create the highest quality of life standards for a London borough and leading in its approach to tackling the urban transport challenges of the 21st Century.

Hackney’s Draft Transport Strategy contains a number of policies and proposals that seek to continue the borough’s success in achieving high walking rates, the highest cycling rates in London, and securing better public transport options with respect to Crossrail 2, the West Anglia line and improving accessibility in the east of the borough.

The results of this consultation will inform Hackney’s Transport Strategy which is expected to be finalised by spring 2015.

The consultation

As part of the public consultation process, the Council would like your opinions and comments on the draft document. The Council is particularly interested in whether you support the aims, objectives, principles and targets in the Draft Transport Strategy and associated plans, and especially the individual proposals and policies included in the documents.

A hard copy questionnaire and strategy document is available at the Hackney Service Centre and at all libraries around the borough or by phone request to 020 8356 8023.

Alternatively, you can read the strategy documents and complete an on-line questionnaire, giving your views, on the following website: 

All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, 7 November 2014.

More explanation:

As part of the consultation process, officers from the Council's Transport Planning team will be available to discuss the draft Transport Strategy at the following times and venues:

Friday, 17 October, 11am to 1pm – Stoke Newington Library

Friday, 17 October, 2pm to 4pm – Dalston Library

Tuesday, 21 October, 11am to 1pm – Clapton Library

Wednesday, 22 October, 2pm to 4pm – Stamford Hill Library

Thursday, 23 October, 2pm to 4pm – Homerton Library

Friday, 24 October, 11am to 2pm – Hackey Central Library

And finally...

In addition to completing the questionnaire on the draft strategy, you can also log specific issues using this interactive map tool: