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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The government’s controversial Universal Credit roll-out has been delayed in Hackney until October.

Hackney Council now invests a whopping £67.7million of its pension fund in dirty energy – an increase of 61 per cent in two years.

Hackney Council has rubber stamped a plan to refurbish and redevelop the Haggerston Baths building into shops, community spaces and offices.

The fate of Haggerston Baths will be decided on Monday after a consultation found most people would rather see it turned into shops than a hotel.

A documentary maker and design apprentice at the town hall says he wants to be a role model for young black men in Hackney.

Mayor Phil Glanville has slammed the budget for doing next to nothing to help cash-strapped councils like Hackney.

A campaign group has lost its battle to restrict music events in Finsbury Park – but has promised to appeal yet again by taking the case to the Supreme Court.

The Mayor of London issued a rallying call to young people across the capital today as he launched a new anti-knife campaign saying: ‘Don’t carry a knife, we need you alive’.

A man tasked with safeguarding children at Hackney Council sent the new address of a domestic abuse survivor to the mother of the monster who tried to burn down her home - putting her and her children’s lives at risk.

Hackney Council must stop publishing its free fortnightly newspaper Hackney Today within two weeks or face court action, the government has warned for the fifth time in nearly four years.

Hackney Council has apologised and fixed a broken lift after a disabled woman complained she was trapped like a prisoner in her own home for three weeks.

Hackney Council has seen a backlash within the Labour Party over plans to increase council tax contributions for some of the borough’s poorest people.

A rise in crime across Hackney has forced the town hall into a major campaign calling on the government to reverse crippling cuts to police.

Plans to rip up and redraw Hackney’s electoral constituencies have remained untouched in the Boundary Commission’s latest report, despite “susbtantial opposition” from people in the borough – and the town hall itself.

The gay and transgender community have won Tower Hamlets Council’s green light for a new venue on the site of the Joiners’ Arms that was shut down in 2015.

Refugees from the Syrian conflict may soon be resettled in Hackney with the launch of a foundation set up by a network of community groups in east London.

Phil Glanville put himself in the firing line for the first ever Hackney Mayor’s Question Time on Monday night, giving residents the opportunity to “grill Phil” – and admitted on several occasions the council had “got it completely wrong”.

Nine of Hackney’s 50 Labour councillors will not contest their seats at next year’s local elections, the party has confirmed.

Hackney’s health chief is stepping down from the council next year to concenrate on his role as chair of a national HIV charity.

Phil Glanville wants to hear from you about the issues that matter to you the most at the first ever Hackney Mayor’s Question Time.

Three people were convicted of money laundering after prosecutions from the town hall’s fraud team.

Protesters against ‘Brexit’ from all over east London join tomorrow’s ‘People’s March for Europe’ and mass rally in Westminster.

People who get help paying their council tax could see their bill rise by almost £100 under new plans from the cash-strapped town hall.

Neighbours of the Geffrye Museum have objected to money-making plans to serve booze in its grounds and Grade I-listed building every day – and say a licence should not be granted if London’s inaugural “rosé festival” was anything to go by.

Rashan Charles’ family today said they had “concerns about openness and transparency” over the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s investigation into their son’s death.

“Here in Hackney, you can easily go from 16 to prison. But by coming here, you allow the kids to have positivity. You can show them the success and give them an opportunity.”

An object removed from the throat of Rashan Charles after a police chase in Dalston “did not contain a controlled substance”, according to forensic analysis.

The town hall has been told to cough up £20,000 for a vulnerable woman’s care home fees after an investigation found it dragged its heels assessing her needs.

A floating church could be coming to a parish near you with plans being unveiled for canal boat worship on the Lea River next to the Olympic Park.

All 143 of Hackney’s letting agents will today be urged by the town hall to scrap the eye-watering agency fees many charge tenants just for signing contracts.

Shoreditch police station could face the axe amid £400million cost-cutting plans for the Met.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott was honoured at an “Abbott appreciation night” to commemorate her 30 years in Parliament.

Left-wingers loyal to Jeremy Corbyn swept the board at last night’s Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour Party AGM, clearing aside the centrists who have dominated the party’s local top table in recent years.

Posters featuring hammers and sickles which looked as though they had been drawn by youngsters were displayed in the doors of a primary school used as a polling station.

Hackney’s disappointed Lib Dem parliamentary candidates believe they fell victim to tactical voting as people were urged to “vote Labour to keep the Tories out”.

A fundraising page to buy a “care package” for Hackney MP Diane Abbott has bagged nearly £5,000 – most of which will now be given to charity.

Mete Coban has been working to engage young people in politics for years and is delighted with Thursday’s record turnout – but insists he “knew it was coming”.

Meg Hillier has held Hackney South and Shoreditch with a sensational 43,974 votes – 79 per cent of the votes cast and up from 30,633 in 2015.

Diane Abbott has held Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a sensational 42,265 votes – more than 35,000 clear of her nearest challenger.

Hackney MPs Diane Abbott and Meg Hillier have retained their seats with a landslide – upping their majorities from 2015 by more than 10,000 votes.

After seven weeks of campaigning, the election results for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Hackney South and Shoreditch will be announced in the early hours.

Political parties have targeted people in Hackney more than 200 times in the last six weeks using Facebook “dark adverts” to try and influence votes.

Diane Abbott is still standing in tomorrow’s General Election despite being replaced as shadow home secretary because she is unwell.

One of the top five schools in the country for pupil progress is shortening its days because of funding cuts.

As voters prepare for June 8, here’s a guide to what happens when the polling ends.

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