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BUILDING A HACKNEY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE - what it means to me

It means building the genuinely affordable homes we need to keep Hackney a diverse and successful borough. I will double the number of council homes we build from 2018 and be the first borough in London to work with Sadiq Khan and build 500 London Living Rent homes - where no one pays more than a third of their income in rent. 

In this election we have the chance to show that politics still matters. I will be a Labour candidate for Mayor with the experience to lead Hackney, work with the new Mayor of London and fight for you.

We need to keep investing in new school places, making sure that the jobs and businesses we create provide good work for local people, and give people of all ages the skills, training and apprenticeships they need to seize those opportunities.

I’ll be a campaigning Mayor – working with Hackney, for Hackney. I will fight for front line public services, I will challenge the Government on welfare reform, cuts to the NHS and oppose Tory housing policy all to get the best deal for Hackney. I will make sure Crossrail 2 and other investment brings more to Hackney than it takes away

Hackney is defined by its diversity – everyone is a part of what makes it so special. But we need to do more to make sure we are all able to share in the borough’s success. I will confront inequality head-on by delivering more council homes, fighting for clean air in Hackney, tackling fuel poverty and ensuring we remain a leading green borough – all the while celebrating and harnessing the diversity that makes us great.

I was elected on Hackney Labour’s 2014 Manifesto and intend to honour and build on those commitments, but I also have my own vision for Hackney.

MY RECORD ON CAMPAIGNING
  • When our local post office in Murray Grove closed we campaigned to keep it open, and when the Post Office didn’t listen we convinced Hackney Council to reopen it - it’s now a Post Office Main Branch;
  • Fought the Housing Bill from day one - organising public meetings, using the Council to reach residents, coordinating highly visible media, challenging the Housing Minister in Parliament, picking apart the policy detail and taking part in the three national campaign marches against the Bill;
  • Led from the front as Cabinet Member for Housing to save New Era, working with Jules, local residents, the community, local councillors Kam, Feryal and Tom to make it clear to Westbrook they had to sell. 
ON HOUSING
  • The experience to work with Sadiq Khan and his new team, James Murray and Jules Pipe, to deliver the genuinely affordable new housing that Hackney needs;
  • Deliver the 2014 manifesto commitment of 3,000 new homes and lay the groundwork for doubling the Council’s genuinely affordable council house building programme from 2018;
  • Improve services for existing residents including tenants, leaseholders, freeholders, shared owners and private renters;
  • Start work on a plan to build 500 affordable private rental homes for Hackney residents that can’t afford to buy and don’t qualify for social housing - all at Sadiq Khan’s new London Living Rent
  • Be a champion for tenants of housing associations, challenge poor service and attempts to dilute their social purpose;
  • Fight for a more affordable private rented sector - including more proactive enforcement;
  • More help to prevent homelessness and ensure that those in temporary accommodation have more support.
ON REGENERATION AND JOBS
  • Maximise the opportunities of the new Apprenticeship Levy to provide new opportunities in Hackney;
  • Build better links between the growth industries of technology, leisure and construction and our schools and collages;
  • Expand our Ways into Work Programme to ensure more local people get jobs from our growing economy;
  • Create affordable workspaces on our estates to support new businesses, deal with ASB and increase income to protect services.
RUN AN EFFICIENT AND FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE COUNCIL
  • Keep Council Tax rises low and protect front line services
  • Invest to save, by making better use of our land to sustain services, generate income and deliver new homes and affordable work space.
WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY, IMPROVE HEALTH AND SUSTAIN SUPPORT SERVICES
  • Safeguard Homerton Hospital and ensure our GPs are supported
  • Value prevention, public health and support services, while still protecting adult and children’s social care
  • Ensure that there is no place for hate in Hackney
FIGHT FOR BETTER TRANSPORT
  • Continue to be the most cycle friendly borough in London;
  • Fight for more frequent bus services, especially to the east of the borough;
  • Fight for a better Crossrail 2, that protects Shoreditch Park, what is best about our town centres and for an eastern branch to Hackney Central and Hackney Wick;
  • Tackle pollution, especially around our schools and residential streets
IMPROVE COMMUNITY SAFETY
  • Integrate the Council’s enforcement services to create a one stop shop for businesses and residents - with more visible wardens on our estates
  • Find the right balance between a vibrant night time economy that creates jobs, supports culture and investment, while listening to local people 
  • Work to safeguard community policing and keep up the fight to return the police that Boris removed from the borough
CHAMPION YOUNG PEOPLE, AND HELP THEM HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE START IN LIFE
  • Build the new school places we need;
  • Introduce a Young Mayor elected by local young people;
  • Fight the Government’s education reforms, forced academisation and cuts to funding
  • Work with the Mayor of London to devolve skills and further education funding to London
MAKE HACKNEY MORE SUSTAINABLE
  • Work to end fuel poverty and cold homes in the public and private sectors
  • Create more spaces on our estates to grow food
  • Invest more in green energy in the borough including supporting community energy projects and the Council’s own schemes.
ENSURE THAT THE COUNCIL IS MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND WORKS FOR RESIDENTS AND THEIR LOCAL COUNCILLORS
  • Sustain and support audit and scrutiny - a strong executive needs strong scrutiny;
  • Make sure my Cabinet is more inclusive, including a minimum of 50% women and a range of full and part time roles;
  • We have an amazing group of councillors, but they need to be supported - so I will launch a review of how we support them
I WILL BE A MORE ACCESSIBLE MAYOR AND OPEN UP THE TOWN HALL TO NEW VOICES
  • Introduce monthly ‘Meet the Mayor’ meetings in the community, ensuring that I get to every part of Hackney and start a new Monthly Mayor’s Surgery at the Town Hall 
  • Host an annual public Mayor and Cabinet Question Time
I WILL BE A VISIBLE LABOUR MAYOR, WORKING WITH A CAMPAIGNING LABOUR GROUP AND HACKNEY LABOUR PARTY
  • We’ve had thousands of new members and supporters get involved in the party, I want to ensure they can be more directly involved as we go towards 2018 elections;
  • Make sure I don’t just attend Hackney’s General Meetings, but ensure I visit a branch Labour Party every month
  • Will work with all our parts of our movement like the Coop, Trade Unions and Socialist Societies.
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