Search

Hackney mayor slams budget for lack of council funding and says it ‘does little’ for 13,000 on housing list

PUBLISHED: 17:19 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:29 02 February 2018

Phil Glanville, mayor of Hackney has welcomed the Universal Credit delay. Picture: Gary Manhine/Hackney Council

Phil Glanville, mayor of Hackney has welcomed the Universal Credit delay. Picture: Gary Manhine/Hackney Council

Gary Manhine

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

He said Philip Hammond’s failure to give a single penny to town halls towards huge safety costs in the wake of Grenfell was “extremely disappointing” and said the focus on home ownership would do little for the 13,000 people on Hackney’s waiting list.

The other major let down was the chancellor’s failure to reverse crippling police funding cuts. As revealed in the Gazette, Hackney this month launched its Foot the Bill campaign, calling on ministers to fund the Met properly and allow the long arm of the law to do its job properly – but it fell on deaf ears.

Mr Glanville said: “Since 2010, Hackney has had to find £152million to balance its budget due to cuts to the grants we receive from central government and rising costs.

“More cuts in future years mean that from 2010/11 to 2020/21, the government’s annual grant to Hackney will have fallen by 45 per cent.

“Rhetoric of ‘increasing efficiency’ and ‘doing more with less’ as a panacea to ongoing funding cuts is increasingly being exposed as empty. The growing impact its cuts are having across a range of vital frontline services on which millions of people across the country rely are being felt more and more each day.

“This budget wasn’t just about asking the government for more money. It was as much about it giving us the freedoms we need to properly address the housing crisis; committing to transport projects to support important growth in homes and jobs; listening to widespread concerns over the ill thought-out elements of universal credit; and supporting the many hundreds of Hackney businesses which are having to manage huge increases in business rates.”

Hackney had called on the chancellor to halt the planned 3.9pc inflationary business rates hike, which he did. But the mayor said he was disappointing he didn’t cough up more for the discretionary relief fund which was dished out earlier this year following the huge hike in rates.

The mayor also touched on Crossrail 2. He said: “The lack of commitment to Crossrail 2 is frustrating. This much-need project, both in terms of the core route through Dalston and the proposed eastern phase through Hackney Central and on to Essex, is essential to alleviate congestion and unlock the huge potential in housing and jobs growth across east London and the south east.”

On housing issues in Hackney, he added: “This was a budget that again focused on propping up a failing housing market, with a focus on home ownership that does little for the 13,000 families waiting for a council home in Hackney or the 120,000 children who will be spending Christmas in temporary accommodation across the country.

“When there’s a shortage of housing, it’s common sense to get everyone building more. We will urgently continue discussions with ministers about how Hackney could benefit from an increase in its housing borrowing cap to build more homes, but without measures to get all councils building, today’s announcement does not go far enough and it must lead to real freedoms not continuing attempts to control and dictate from Whitehall.”

Latest Hackney Stories

15:00

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh says he is very happy at the Brisbane Road club – despite being linked with the AFC Wimbledon managerial role.

13:00

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh admits it was a hard-fought game but praises his side for coming from behind to beat Bromley 3-1 and extend their unbeaten run in the National League to six matches.

12:14

London Lions moved into the semi-finals of the BBL Cup with their second win over Worcester Wolves at the weekend.

12:04

Clapton boss Jonny Fowell says he always expected a tough challenge as his side fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat against in-form Saffron Walden Town.

10:00

Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

In Michelle Fredua-Mensah’s Haggerston home sits a large silver trophy and a giant, sparkling tiara.

16:04

A young entrepreneur from Homerton has been recognised by the Prime Minister for his work improving opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

10:33

A 20-year-old killed himself after his family had urged professionals to take action over his mental health, and neighbours had raised concerns with Hackney Council, an inquest heard on Friday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Former teacher Steve shares his experiences as a foster carer for teenagers, from dealing with some of their more challenging behaviour, to the rewards of seeing a child develop into a happy and healthy adult

If you are an unpaid carer in Hackney over the age of 25, who would like to get back into work, then Working for Carers can provide the practical assistance and support you need.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists