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Friday, March 24, 2017

Hackney Council wants to splash out £36million on a 148-room hostel in Seven Sisters Road so it can stop housing homeless people outside the borough.

Artist Dale Grimshaw talks to Zoe Paskett about his exhibition raising awareness for the situation in West Papua

Parents at two Hackney primary schools will be fined for dropping off their children by car.

Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier said today’s apparent terrorist attack in Westminster is a “horrible reminder” nine months after Jo Cox’s murder.

Hackney Council would support a blanket ban on diesel vehicles in order to tackle toxic air pollution in the borough, the town hall’s transport lead has said.

Three black Hackney councillors at an International Women’s Day event for ethnic minorities were asked by a City Hall security guard if they were there to clean.

The Hackney mayor has hit out at the government after it blamed councils for not offering places to child refugees.

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.

Council tax will rise 3 per cent from next month after £13.8million of budget cuts were signed off at Hackney Town Hall.

The Department for Work and Pensions admits it “ticked the wrong box” when it deemed a double amputee capable of “climbing” the stairs with his arms and thus “fit to work”.

Two hundred anti-fascist protesters flocked to Kingsland Road on Saturday morning to march against the controversial LD50 art gallery.

The Dalston art gallery chief at the centre of a national “neo-Nazi” storm says she publicly linked LD50 to an apparent alt-right Twitter account because it was “funny”.

Hackney’s independent traders joined business experts at a campaign summit this morning to discuss the crippling impact of the government’s planned business rate increase.

Volunteers who scrutinise planning applications in Hackney’s conservation areas say they will no longer do the work because Hackney Council has stopped sending them the documents.

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.

Artists and campaigners will march on a controversial Dalston art gallery this weekend because they claim it supports neo-Nazis.

Council tax is set to rise by 3 per cent in Hackney as the town hall looks to make cuts of £13.8million.

A Dalston activist duped into a relationship with a police spy is devastated that key documents which could have helped her come to terms with her ordeal may have been destroyed by Scotland Yard.

Pressure is mounting on Diane Abbott to follow the will of her constituents this evening and vote against Brexit – defying a three-line whip from the Labour Party.

Hackney Council rushed through an extra £3.4million payment to contractors restoring the town hall to save the entire refurb from going under, the Gazette can reveal.

A graffiti artist has had some fun mocking up a “world leader’s edition” of popular children’s game Top Trumps on a wall in Shoreditch.

Approaching 8,000 people in Diane Abbott’s Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency have backed a petition urging the government not to let US president Donald Trump visit the Queen.

Internal fraud investigations at Hackney Council have led to four workers being disciplined in the last three months – with one sacked.

Campaigners delivered pictures of Paddington bear to councillors in Hackney, calling on them to “speed up” the process of housing a promised seven Syrian refugee families here.

An apology has been issued by Hackney Council after leaseholders at a block of flats were billed almost nine times the normal amount for their communal electricity due to a faulty meter.

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 MP Diane Abbott has insisted she will not be drawn into a fight over her seat with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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.

Search our table of London MPs’ expense claims to find out how much your local MP spent in 2015-16

The health of sex workers in Hackney is being made worse by the town hall’s backing for police enforcement tactics, a report claims.

Thousands of council tenants could face just weeks’ notice of 300 per cent rent hikes unless the government delays its “pay to stay” scheme, the town hall has warned.

A housebound woman with just months to live has had her benefits taken away – because she “can’t afford” to apply for UK citizenship.

New mayor Philip Glanville has promised to start work immediately on making Hackney the first London borough to build 500 homes at the living rent.

Former housing boss Philip Glanville is the new mayor of Hackney after a predictably comfortable victory in yesterday’s by-election – but less than 20 per cent of voters had their say.

MP Meg Hillier has labelled the boundary review set to shake up Hackney’s constituencies as “undemocratic” because it ignores thousands of the borough’s voters.

Jeremy Corbyn could become a Hackney MP under proposed boundary changes – but may have to fight for the seat with his pal Diane Abbott.

Hackney Council has been forced to dump 30,000 ballot papers, after it was spotted the word “Conservative” had been misspelt.

Thousands of Shoreditch clubgoers have unknowingly had their names sent to police because of a “ridiculous” condition placed on a venue’s licence by Hackney Council.

A councillor who opposed safety improvements at Stamford Hill junction claims the proposals were a waste of money – and believes “massive mirrors” may be the answer.

The Hackney Tory party has selected its candidate to run for the vacant mayor’s seat next month.

Hackney’s MPs were at odds in their vote whether or not to renew Britain’s nuclear deterrent Trident last night - with one toeing the party line and the other toeing that of the leader.

Teenagers thinking they could do a better job than Westminster politicians at the moment can get on the right road by running for the Hackney Youth Parliament.

The candidates for the by-election in Hackney Central ward on July 21 have been announced, following Sophie Linden’s departure.

Hackney mayor Jules Pipe will step down next month, with his deputy and housing boss Cllr Philip Glanville taking over until a by-election in September.

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