The woman who helped run the local campaign against the government’s rates hike has hailed this afternoon’s budget as a victory for small businesses - but Hackney’s Mayor is concerned his concessions might not offer any “meaningful support”.
A delegation of politicians and independent traders handed in a petition with over 10,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street on Monday, calling on the government to provide more support for businesses facing huge rate hikes next month.
Dalston art gallery LD50 came under fire this week after it emerged it had hosted a conference and exhibition featuring speakers and works from the far-right. As anti-fascists gear up to protest in Tottenham Road on Saturday morning, the Gazette put some questions to director Lucia Diego.
In the second half of our interview with Diane Abbott, the Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP tells Jamie Johnson about the borough’s housing market, how she handles web trolls, and whether she’d ever do reality TV.
Hackney Council has urged the government to rethink its planned increase to business rates - which they claim could see thriving business communities here “slide into stagnation” if hundreds of businesses are suddenly hit with huge bills.