Welcome to my January – February Mayor’s Report
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.
The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Jan & Feb 2018 can be downloaded here