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Welcome to my January - February Mayor’s Report

Dear Member,

Welcome to my January - February Mayor’s Report.

This month has been dominated by the finalising the Council’s Budget, campaigning and agreeing our manifesto.

This week I am pleased to say that the Cabinet and Council agreed Labour’s Budget, the last of this administration. It has not been an easy process, but we have listened and engaged with residents. I am proud that we are continuing fund our priorities despite ongoing cuts in central Government funding, below I explain more about the detail including the proposed Council Tax of 3%.

 I’d like to thank everyone that has already been out campaigning in the local elections both in Hackney and beyond, we have had some incredible launch events in Hoxton East and Shoreditch as well as across the Project North wards. I have been out campaigning in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, London Fields, Springfield, Leabridge, De Beauvoir, Cazenove as well as taking part in Lewisham’s manifesto process with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

On Tuesday evening Labour Group agreed the 2018 manifesto, there is still a lot to do in terms of design and writing, but I am excited to be standing for Mayor with 57 Labour Candidates on such a bold, radical and socialist platform for building a fairer and more sustainable Hackney. Thanks to everyone that held and inputted into this work.

Finally, Labour Group agreed on Tuesday night to continue with the Britannia project, I set out why below. We have consistently listened to the arguments, but given there is now even greater clarity about the type and quality of facilities that will be in the new leisure centre; a clear commitment to genuine council housing to rent and buy onsite; developing plans to invest in the park and wider public realm; and further investment in early years provision at the nearby primary school going ahead is the right thing to do.

Best wishes,


The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Jan & Feb 2018 can be downloaded here

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – January - February 2018

Welcome to my January - February Mayor’s Report

It’s the centenary of women’s suffrage, and as part of the Labour Council’s celebrations, Hackney residents are being given the opportunity to nominate inspirational local women.


This year is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which extended the vote to some women for the first time in the UK. The Act gave women over the age of 30 the right to vote and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later when women won equal voting rights to men.

Throughout the year, Labour Council in Hackney will be celebrating the achievements of local women, past and present, and the contribution they make to our communities through various events and exhibitions. As part of the year-long programme of events, the Council is looking to showcase 100 Hackney women who are driving change and making a difference in their community, and is asking residents to send in nominations. The Council has also produced a special, limited edition badge that celebrates Hackney Women which will be given out throughout the year.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Equalities, has been talking about this momentous celebration:

“Our society would be a very different place if women had not fought for their right to vote 100 years ago. We have come so far since then, but still have a long way to go and by remembering their achievements and shining a light on the women making a difference in our communities today, we can continue to push for equality and a fair representation of women across all institutions and in all aspects of our community.”

Across the UK, women still face a struggle for gender equality, whether it’s in regard to pay, education, civic representation or safety. Only 29 per cent of parliamentarians are women, and out of all of the FTSE 100 companies only seven are led by women. Nationally, for every £1 a man earns women earn just 81p, and one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.

Cllr Williams continued: “We know there are local women helping to combat inequality who often go under the radar, which is why we want to showcase them throughout this year to inspire, empower and drive further change. We need our residents to nominate their female inspiration – past or present – to help us truly capture the breadth of the great work and achievements of women across the whole borough.”

Nominees should live or work in Hackney and be driving change in their community. For example they could be:

Women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Young leaders

Community volunteers

Equality campaigners, including LGBTQI+, disability rights, race and discrimination

Those helping to end violence against women

Arts and culture, including writers, poets, spoken word artists, directors


Women in public life, including politicians and business leaders

Women in public services, including the police force, fire brigade and NHS staff

The Council will be collecting nominations until November 2018. All nominations should include a photograph of the nominee with at least 150 words explaining why they should be celebrated as part of the 100 Hackney women. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join the Labour Council in celebrating Hackney women.


Nominations can be made online at, emailed to or posted to: Tara Hudson, Communications, Culture and Engagement, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.


All nominations will be considered by a panel of judges and announced in December.

Celebrating Hackney Women

It’s the centenary of women’s suffrage, and as part of the Labour Council’s celebrations, Hackney residents are being given the opportunity to nominate inspirational local women. This year is the...


Welcome to my December to January Mayor’s Report

Dear Member,

Welcome to my December to January Mayor’s Report. This week we passed the 100 days to go marker before the local elections in Hackney on 3rd May, while we are all now gearing up for the campaign and I have been proud to support our campaign teams across Hackney and in Wandsowrth, that doesn’t mean that we at the Council still don’t have a lot to do in the final few months of this administration.

Separately I have circulated an update on the manifesto, but the past two months have seen us delivering on significant pledges from my 2016 manifesto, including the first graduates of the Mayor’s Childminder Bursary, the setting up of a new wholly owned Hackney Housing Company to deliver Hackney Living Rent, the creation of two new Hackney Young Speakers and making good on a 2014 commitment with the first Housing Supply Programme homes getting planning permission in King’s Park. They are part of a wider programme that will see over 400 new Council homes built across the borough.

There remain difficult decisions to be made such as on the CTRS and SEND funding, which I cover later in my report, but at every stage we continue to respond and campaign against Tory cuts and will continue to do so. We have also set out ambitious plans to create a new framework for Hackney’s Family of Schools.

Best wishes,


The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Dec & Jan 2018 can be downloaded here

PS I hope to see you at one of the upcoming #HackneyatHome or #HackneyonTour campaign sessions.

PPS don’t forget to join me in signing up for the Hackney Half Marathon in May:

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – December - January 2018

Welcome to my December to January Mayor’s Report

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