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Plans to bring back lost ‘Right to Buy’ Council homes approved

26th January 2021
Twenty-five former Council homes lost to the Government's Right to Buy policy will be brought back for use by families on Hackney’s housing waiting list after a £10 million investment was given the go ahead yesterday.The purchase, approved by the Council’s Cabinet last night (26 January), will see the properties let out at social rents, complementing the Council’s own housebuilding programme to help tackle the borough’s housing shortage and provide genuinely affordable homes for local people. The homes are some of the thousands of Council properties lost in Hackney alone through Right to Buy – a government scheme introduced in 1980 to give Council tenants the chance to purchase their home at below market rates – with an average of 50 Council homes still sold in Hackney each year at discounts of up to £112,300.Part of the income from homes sold under Right to Buy is used to help fund the hundreds of new Council homes in the Council’s in-house, not-for-profit housebuilding programme, with some also made available as grants to housing associations to deliver additional social housing through the Mayor of Hackney’s housing challenge programme.Buying back former Council homes to use as social housing is another way of supporting some of the families on the Council’s housing register. However, arbitrary Government restrictions on how the Council spends Right to Buy receipts mean this money must be spent within three years of a sale and can only pay for 30% of a replacement home. Alongside a continued lack of government funding, this is significantly limit the Council’s ability to replace lost homes or meet the growing housing need in the borough. Deputy Mayor Cllr Rebecca Rennison, Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing Needs and Supply, said: “While only a fraction of the thousands of properties we’ve been forced to sell due to the Government’s dysfunctional Right to Buy policy, these are Council homes that were built to provide a safe, secure and genuinely affordable place to live for local families who need them most, and I’m delighted to be bringing them back for this purpose.The 25 homes have been bought as a bulk purchase from the registered provider Local Space, who will use funds from the purchase to buy additional affordable homes for homeless families in temporary accommodation.

Mayor of Hackney responds to 300-person illegal rave in borough

24th January 2021
The Mayor of Hackney responds following a 300-person illegal rave in Hackney last night, which was broken up by police and fines issued.  
Over 66 fines issued as part of Council and Police crackdown on coronavirus rule breaking in Hackney
Over 66 fines were issued and three arrests were made over the weekend in Hackney as part of continued joint Council and Police action to ensure that everyone is sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and to help keep Hackney safe. While the Council does not have the power to take action against individuals who are not complying with social distancing guidance, enforcement officers have been supporting the Police to ensure that everyone understands and follows vital lockdown guidelines, which were introduced in response to a rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the UK. In Hackney, the current rate of coronavirus cases is 753 cases per 100,000, compared to a rate of 19 per 100,000 seen in the borough in the last week of August 2020. The patrols, which took place on Saturday 16 January, resulted in over 66 fines being issued in Hackney for breaches of lockdown regulations. Three arrests were also made for an assault on an emergency worker, possession of a class B drug and a breach of Covid-19 regulations. Officers visited key areas where incidents of people not following the rules have been reported, including Broadway Market, Blackstock Road, Gillett Square, Haggerston Square and Stamford Hill. Licensing officers also visited over 40 businesses during the patrols to ensure that they’re following the vital Covid-19 guidelines, including the prohibition of takeaway alcohol sales which was introduced on 5 January. A small minority of businesses were found to be non-compliant with Covid-19 regulations, with one business continuing to trade after a previous £1000 fine. Enforcement action will be taken against businesses that do not follow the guidelinesSince July 2020, the Council has visited nearly 2,500 local businesses to support them to trade safely. Keep Hackney safe by reporting any potential Covid-19 safety breaches:If you’re concerned that a business in Hackney is not complying with the Covid-19 regulations, please let Hackney Council know by emailing covidresponseteam@hackney.gov.uk Hackney Council does not have powers to take action against individuals who are not complying with social distancing guidance. If you have concerns about individuals not following social distancing guidance or wearing face masks, please report these directly to the police online or by calling 101.
22nd January 2021
Postal voters urged to submit new applications
Registered postal voters in Hackney are being asked to reapply to ensure they can vote by post in local and regional elections in May – following disruption caused by a serious cyberattack on Hackney Council. The Council has today written to all existing postal voters to ask them to submit a new postal vote application form, after organised criminals damaged part of its elections computer system in October’s attack.There is no evidence that any postal voting data was stolen in the attack or has been published, but Council officers need to ask residents to re-apply so that their postal votes can be verified in elections.Affected voters are still registered to vote in person at a polling station, but without submitting a new application will not be able to vote by post in May – which the Council is encouraging all voters to do, as social distancing rules will mean polling stations will be busier and slower than normal.It’s easy to register to vote by post – either by returning the form using the prepaid envelope if we have written to you, or downloading it and returning by post or email if you’re registering for the first time. Elections are scheduled on 6 May for the Mayor of London and London Assembly, with Council by-elections in Stamford Hill West, Kings Park, Hoxton East & Shoreditch and Woodberry Down wards.Around 100 registered postal voters who have a signature waiver – for reasons such as a disability – are not affected and do not need to reapply. The Council has recovered its election system onto a modern, cloud-based platform and are working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre and other cyber security experts to make sure that our systems are secure.How will voting be different this year?Polling stations will look different, be busier than normal and it may take more time than usual to vote in person. To keep everyone safe and to meet coronavirus rules, changes are likely to mean: You may have to wait in a socially distanced queue, as fewer people will be allowed insideYou’ll need to wear a face covering and sanitise your hands You’ll be encouraged to bring your own pen or pencilPolling booths will be regularly disinfectedPerspex screens will separate polling staff from votersIf you’ve tested positive for coronavirus or are self-isolating, you’ll be able to apply for an emergency proxy voteHow you can helpRegister for a postal vote, so you don’t need to attend a polling stationMake sure to post your vote as soon as possible after receiving it, rather than depositing it at a polling stationIf voting in person, visit your polling station at quieter times such as the late morning and early afternoonMake things quicker by bringing your poll card, following the instructions of polling staff and coming prepared with your face covering and pen or pencil
21st January 2021
From car park to Council homes – new Hoxton social housing approved
An empty car park on a Hoxton estate is set to make way for dozens of genuinely affordable new homes for local people after the latest milestone in the Council’s ambitious social housing plans was given the go ahead.The 73 new homes – more than half for social rent and shared ownership – will replace a concrete car park and underused land with three new buildings on the Fairbank Estate in proposals agreed by the Council’s planning sub-committee last night (21 January).Council tenants already living at Fairbank and nearby whose current homes don’t meet their needs will get first priority for the 28 social rent homes, following almost two years of close engagement between the Council, the local community and Lynch Architects to develop the plans.A further 9 shared ownership homes will be prioritised for local families living or working in Hackney and unable to get on the housing ladder. Alongside the remaining outright sale homes which will help pay for the development in the absence of government funding, these will be marketed directly by the Council though its in-house sales team, Hackney Sales.The approved plans also include a major investment to transform shared spaces on the estate to benefit both new and existing residents, including filling in the sunken area around Thaxted Court tower block to provide new planting, landscaping and play facilities.The approved plans are part of hundreds of new homes that Hackney Council is building on Council land through its ambitious, not-for-profit, direct delivery housebuilding programme – with more than half for social rent, shared ownership or living rent, paid for in the absence of government funding by selling some homes outright. 
21st January 2021