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Since central government began real term cuts to the Metropolitan Police’s budget in 2010, Hackney has lost one in four of its police officers.  The short-sighted cuts have required £600m worth of savings between 2010 and 2015 with a further £400m worth of savings required by 2020/21.

These cuts have consequences.  In 2015, Hackney Council ran a public campaign warning that reductions in officer numbers was putting Hackney's long-term downward trend in crime at risk.  But with budgets squeezed, police numbers have continued to fall and overall crime rates are continuing to increase. 

This is a trend being played out across London (2,800 police officers and PCSOS lost, offences up 4.56% between FY 2015/16 and FY 2016/7) and nationally (20,592 police officers lost since 2010, police recorded crime up by 13% between 2015/16 and 2016/17).  The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned that police officer numbers in London could drop below 27,500 by 2012 - the lowest total since 2002.  

Cllr Caroline Selman (Cabinet Member for Community Safety) and the Mayor of Hackney have written to the Home Secretary to emphasise these concerns - joining the Mayor of London, the current and former Metropolitan Police Commissioners and many others in doing so.  

Hackney Council are now running a campaign urging residents to write directly to the Home Secretary to raise their concerns and to ask government to #FootTheBill.  This is particularly important in the run up to the publication of the Provisional Police Grant Report due later this month, where the amount of money each Police force is allocated is decided by the Home Secretary.

With under a month to go until the report is published, there’s lots you can do to help get our Police forces the money they need. You can visit the campaign website here, where you can send an email directly to the Home Secretary.  You can also tweet about the campaign using the campaign #FootTheBill.  

Hackney is a great place to live, and crime rates are well below what they were 15 years ago - but we believe Hackney deserves a properly resourced police service which has the tools it needs to keep us safe.  If you believe that too, please do use the link above to ensure your voice is heard.

Check out the campaign here: https://www.hackney.gov.uk/foot-the-bill

 

 

#FootTheBill - Hackney Council takes the lead on Police cuts campaign

Since central government began real term cuts to the Metropolitan Police’s budget in 2010, Hackney has lost one in four of its police officers.  The short-sighted cuts have required £600m worth...

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Welcome to my October to November Mayor’s Report.

 

Dear Member,

Welcome to my October to November Mayor’s Report.

This month has been dominated by the build up to the Autumn Budget and continuing our work on the Hackney Labour 2018 Manifesto, both of which I cover in my report below.

As we approached the Budget myself and my Cabinet colleagues continued our work to lobby, campaign and highlight the impact of austerity on Hackney. As you can read below we have had some successes in areas such as housing, business rates and universal credit, but while the Government my claim that they are listening the Chancellor’s actions and interventions are much more limited than his rhetoric and the devil will be in the detail that comes forward in the days and months ahead.

We continue our work on tackling inequality and supporting Hackney residents to access new jobs and training, earlier in the month we marked London Living Wage Week and our broader work in this area was recognised in London Council's report: Promoting Successful Integration in London it looked at our leadership on community cohesion. Hackney a Place for Everyone and the Young Black Men’s Project (YBM). Only last week colleagues including Deputy Mayor Bramble took part in a conference to highlight YBM, more details can be found here: https://hackney.gov.uk/young-black-men and in the Hackney Gazette.

We also for the first time marked Trans Awareness Week which ran from 13-19 November continuing our support for our Trans employees, residents and the wider LGBTQI+ community.

Best wishes,

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The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Oct & Nov 2017 can be downloaded here

PS I hope to see you at one of the upcoming #HackneyatHome or #HackneyonTour campaign sessions, further manifesto events or Hackney Labour Christmas celebrations over the coming weeks.

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – Oct - Nov 2017

Welcome to my October to November Mayor’s Report.

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Welcome to my September to October Mayor’s Report

Dear Member,

Welcome to my September to October Mayor’s Report.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Hackney Ideas Factory earlier in the month, an update will be going out to wards shortly, but we had double the attendance of 2013 and are now looking at over 500 ideas from across the party.

This month we have continued to put pressure on the Government about the devastating impact of Universal Credit, which is still due to go fully live in Hackney in June next year, I have written to the Secretary of State outlining my concerns and while we welcome some of the climb downs on supported and temporary housing we still have significant concerns.

Alongside colleagues we are continuing to campaign on police cuts, the freeze in SEND funding, the failure of the Government to fully commit to ending the threat of cuts in wider Education Funding, as well as the lifting of the Public Sector Pay cap.

Below in my full report I outline the progress we are making around increasing the opportunities available in Hackney for people to access jobs, employment advice, skills and training.

Closer to home I have alongside councillors, trade unionists and Labour members continued to support the Picturehouse LLW campaign and recent campaign sessions at Well Street and Hoxton East, this weekend alongside Diane Abbott MP I will be helping to launch the Cazenove Campaign.

Best wishes, 

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The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Sept & Oct 2017 can be downloaded here

PS and don’t forget to get your tickets for Hackney Fireworks: http://news.hackney.gov.uk/fireworks-set-to-wow-hackney/

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – Sept- Oct 2017

Welcome to my September to October Mayor’s Report

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