Labour's record in Hackney

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Hackney Labour’s record is one of:

  • getting thousands of people into jobs;
  • providing some of London’s best libraries, leisure facilities and parks;
  • achieving some of the greatest school improvements in the country in terms of both exam results and new buildings;
  • keeping our streets among the cleanest in the capital; and
  • building more affordable housing than almost anywhere else in the UK

We have been committed to providing the best possible services of any local authority, and doing it efficiently – and we are pledging again to keep Hackney’s Council Tax as low as possible, having already frozen it for nine consecutive years

In 2010 we made 152 election pledges. Despite the swingeing cuts, all but one are being delivered or have been completed*. Here are just a few of the pledges we made.

*A pledge to “develop a Hackney Card to allow easy access to council and other services”, was not taken forward because of insufficient benefit for the significant cost involved.

In 2010 we said we would:

By 2014 we have delivered:

Build new council housing and work with housing providers to build affordable homes

More than 2500 homes for affordable rent have been built, including 221 new council houses since 2011, the third highest number of affordable homes built in the country since 2011

Install 7000 kitchens and bathrooms and complete the decent homes programme

7240 kitchens and bathrooms installed, but the Tory cuts have delayed the completion of decent homes work to next year

Work with the police and residents to tackle crime and anti social behaviour to deliver a year on year reduction in crime

Crime in Hackney has fallen by 30% in the last 10 years, which means 11,000 fewer victims of crime a year

Create 100 new apprenticeships for young people

More than achieved with 627 apprenticeships delivered by the Council, our Ways into Work team and partners

Plant 1000 trees

Done – 1200 additional trees planted

Make our residential roads safer by introducing a borough wide 20mph zone

Done

Make our streets the most cycle friendly in London

Hackney won ‘Best Cycling Borough’ at the London Transport Awards recently, and their ‘Borough of the year’ award

Collect your bins and recycling on the same day and sweep up within 24 hours

 

Done

Work with businesses to make Hackney’s shop fronts more attractive

Almost £1million has been invested in shop front improvements

Protect our green spaces and make Hackney greener

Hackney now has 15 Green Flag awards, with new facilities at Hackney Marshes, Hackney Downs, Mabley Green, London Fields, and Clissold House and Park

Invest in our libraries and ensure they are used by all our communities

The new library in Dalston opened in January 2012, and use of our libraries has increased to 1.7 million visits each year.

Protect services for older people and not change eligibility criteria

We have maintained our eligibility criteria for older people receiving support such as homecare

Continue to raise standards in schools with GCSE results higher than the national average and primary schools assessed as good or outstanding

Hackney pupils now achieve above the national average at GCSEs. All but 6 primary schools are now good or outstanding and their results are 6% above the national average

Meet the demand for secondary school places particularly in the south of the borough

A new school sponsored by Mossbourne Academy will be opening in South Hackney in 2014

Complete the rebuilding or refurbishment of all our secondary schools

Done

Open five new youth centres

Done

Give our children the best start in life

Our 20 children’s centres reach over 90% of children under five in Hackney.

Keep council tax as low as possible

Hackney’s element of Council Tax has been frozen for the ninth year running

Ensure our contractors pay the London Living Wage

All directly employed staff are paid at least the living wage and our new contract for care workers will complete the process of securing at least the London Living Wage for all the Council’s contracted staff.

Secure a legacy for Hackney from the Olympic and Paralympic Games

A digital and creative hub in the media centre will create 5300 jobs on site and 2300 in the local area

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