Monday, March 23, 2020

A Hackney Labour councillor has stepped down from his role after starting a new job that doesn’t allow him to hold an elected role.

Boris Johnson has ordered pubs and restaurants close tonight as the government announced unprecedented measures to cover the wages of workers who would otherwise lose their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Hackney Council says services are operating as usual, with a new group made up of cabinet members and senior officers launched to respond to coronavirus.

Hackney’s elected mayor Philip Glanville has urged the Chancellor to focus on filling “gaping holes” in frontline public services, rather than just potholes in the road.

Voluntary redundancy for council staff is just one of the ways Hackney has managed to plug a massive shortfall of £17m in this year’s budget after further central government cuts.

The council is ahead of schedule in its drive to divest its pension funds away from fossil fuel companies.

Council tax will rise again in Hackney to help plug a £30million funding gap – and the town hall says it could lose another quarter of its funding thanks to a government “stitch up”.

Cllr Rebecca Rennison has been appointed Deputy Mayor of Hackney in a cabinet reshuffle, after Feryal Clark who used to hold the post was elected as an MP.

Campaigners want town hall chiefs to come up with an alternative to a “monstrous” development to help solve the capital’s housing crisis.

The number of on-the-spot searches by police in Hackney skyrocketed in 2019 – but officers caught fewer people carrying anything of note.

The Conservative Party’s head office is investigating Stamford Hill councillor Aron Klein over homophobic comments.

A Windrush campaigner and former Hackney councillor is calling on MPs to deliver restorative justice to victims by making amendments to the Windrush Compensation Bill.

Dozens of traffic wardens in Hackney have voted to strike over pay and working conditions – after two workers had dogs set on them in the last three months.

Thieves have targeted businesses in Hackney more than 2,500 times in two years - but just a tenth of offences are leading to any action.

Hackney Council’s children’s social care department has been given a “requires improvement” rating by Ofsted, with inspectors highlighting a “deterioration” in the quality of services for disabled kids.

‘Appalled’ and ‘completely unsurprised’ were just two of the reactions when the Gazette asked some people in Stoke Newington what they made of the Tory landslide.

Community activist and barrister-in-training Kofo David has held a council seat for Labour, following the resignation of Cllr Ned Hercock.

It will be a bitter pill to swallow but it may be time for Remain campaigners to accept that Brexit will “git done” and rethink the focus of their formidable energies.

Diane Abbott has retained her seat in Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a landslide 39,972 votes.

Although she retained her seat in Hackney South and Shoreditch by a landslide, Meg Hillier told the Gazette she is “stunned” by the losses suffered by her party through the Tory national landslide.

Follow our liveblog as Hackney decides who will be the next MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Hackney South and Shoreditch.

The polls are open and the people of Hackney can now vote in the general election.

All Hackney South and Shoreditch candidates attended the Extinction Rebellion Climate hustings at The Urswick School on Thursday night.

Penalty charge notices issued by Hackney Council skyrocketed in 2018/19 - but some of those who paid up might have been able to challenge them.

A special election hustings themed on the enviroment was organised for Hackney North and Stoke Newington candidates at a packed-out Mildmay Club in Newington Green last night. Emma Bartholomew was there

Tributes have been paid to former Hackney Labour councillor Muriel Purkiss, who has died.

Ben Mathis, who up until last night had been running as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has been suspended from his party over “clearly offensive” tweets.

Labour and the Lib Dems have selected their candidates to stand in the Clissold ward by-election next month.

A victim of the Windrush scandal from Lower Clapton died yesterday having received no compensation or apology.

Children as young as six quizzed Diane Abbott on everything from Boris Johnson to education funding and post-Brexit European travel yesterday afternoon.

A council by-election will take place alongside the General Election after the resignation of Clissold ward councillor Ned Hercock for personal reasons.

MP Meg Hillier is out of the race to take over from John Berkow as Speaker of the House of Commons.

Sixteen neighbourhoods in Hackney are classed as among the 10pc most ‘deprived’ in England, according to new government figures.

Hackney’s deputy mayor, Cllr Feryal Clark is set to stand as an MP in Enfield North.

MP Meg Hillier isn’t optimistic that the action that’s needed to halt global warming above 1.5 degrees – which scientists now say is needed to avert a climate catastrophe – will come to pass through legislation any time soon.

A raft of green measures brought in at the Homerton Hospital have seen its operator scoop a national award.

He’s one of the hardest working councillors in the country when it comes to tackling the climate emergency – and even in his spare time Jon Burke walks around Hackney confronting idling drivers.

Hackney Council is holding an event for the borough’s European citizens and independent businesses concerned about Brexit.

Tribute have been paid to Geoff Taylor, the former Hackney speaker and councillor for 16 years who has died aged 70.

Town hall officers have been busy clearing up 1,500 planning enforcement cases dating back to 2001.

Arts and cultural organisations will share £90,000 from a new Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund – created with a levy from developers building in the areas.

Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier has formally thrown her hat into the ring to replace John Bercow as speaker of the House of Commons.

A Stamford Hill police officer has launched a breakfast club for fellow veterans after realising there was a lack of support available in Hackney.

The Hackney Green Party has announced its candidates to challenge Labour in two of its safest parliamentary seats in England.

Hackney Council is braced for potential civil unrest and shortages of fuel, food and essential medicines if a “potentially catastrophic” No Deal Brexit ever goes ahead.

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