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Census data release from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)

28th June 2022
New estimates of Hackney’s population have been released today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The census is a count of an area’s population, carried out by the ONS every ten years.Information on Hackney’s population, broken down by age and sex along with information on occupied households, is also provided. More data on local areas and equality factors such as ethnicity and religion will be published this Autumn.The ONS estimates there were 259,200 people living in Hackney in March 2021. Although this is 5.3% higher than the 2011 Census estimate of 246,300, it is significantly lower than the 2020 mid-year estimate of 280,900, published last year. The mid-year estimates approximate how many people are typically living in the area over the calendar year. It is also lower than the GP registration data which provides another indicator of those living in the borough at any given time.For further information on the census, please visit: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/initialfindingsfromthe2021censusinenglandandwalesNew census 2021 data from the ONS shows Hackney’s population is estimated to be 259,200  compared with 246,300 in 2011, which is down from last mid-year estimate for 2020 (released in 2021) of 280,900.The female population is an estimated 135,300 compared with the male population of 123,900. Hackney had a population density of 13,611 residents per sq km and it remains the 3rd most densely populated local authority after Tower Hamlets and Islington. Hackney has 106,100 households compared with 101,690 in 2011.For further information on future census data release dates, please visit: https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/censustransformationprogramme/census2021outputs/releaseplansThis comparison tool helps us see changes between two census points: https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/censuspopulationchange/E09000012/

School's astonishing secret past revealed following Council refurbishment

27th June 2022
Walking into The Pavilion special school in Clapton is like stepping back in time and jumping into the future all at once. The setting - two single-storey mid-century buildings cloistered in a quiet enclave between Ickburgh Road and Upper Clapton Road - had suffered decades of casual architectural vandalism and had fallen, more recently, into disrepair. Now the site has undergone a £2 million refurbishment in order to create 50 school places for young people aged 16-18 who have autism and learning difficulties.The state-of-the-art facility, restored by award-winning architects Gollifer Langston, is the latest example of Hackney Council’s mission to rapidly expand and improve the number of school places in the borough for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Pavilion is vibrant with vivid oranges, sunny yellows and lime greens; herringbone parquet flooring, six decades old, has been exposed and restored; and original 60s’ timber ceiling cladding and 70s’ glasswork have been recovered and revealed.It’s a nod to and a resurrection of the buildings’ mid-century past - and its best-kept secret. For, the school - almost entirely forgotten until now - boasts an incredible pioneering past. Built in the early 70s, The Pavilion’s western block - then known as The Special Care Unit - is an early example of the work from the practice of one of the world’s greatest modernist architects, Norman Foster, best known for designing the Gherkin, in the City, and the Millau Viaduct - the world’s tallest bridge - in France. In 1972, the Spastics Society - now Scope - engaged Foster Associates in designing an experimental school for young disabled children. It followed legislative changes that saw, for the first time, disabled children approached through an education - rather than just a medical - lens. The lead architect was Wendy Foster, Norman’s forward-thinking first wife. Her design and ethos - in pleasing symmetry to its use now - was actively child- and disability-centred: a flexible, open plan arrangement, around a ‘core’, which supported all the services. Her building was modest in scale but considerable in ambition - and it became an exemplar that was replicated across the country. Tim Walder, Principal Conservation and Design Officer for the Council, who is nominating the building for local listing, said: “Wendy Foster’s architecture was lightweight, deeply thoughtful, original and elegant. The building has a pioneering place in the history of the education of children with special needs and is still readable as a thoughtful and compassionate response to the needs of severely disabled children and is one of the first purpose-built examples in the country.”Architect Andy Gollifer led the modern restoration, which was completed in February. He said: “We were very excited about the origins of the building and its heritage value. It was an important building at the time - [glam rock band] Slade even played at its opening. We tried to preserve as much of the original detail as we could to make the space bright and simple.”Today, the Pavilion, like its groundbreaking predecessor, provides a bespoke education experience, with not only a specialist curriculum but purpose-built rooms to prepare its young people, on the crest of adulthood, for life beyond school, including a training cafe and an independent living flat. There is a fully-functional events space, which will be hired out to local people and groups, to help the children develop hospitality skills, and the school has plans to develop a kitchen garden. Pat Quigley, consultant for The Pavilion, explains: “We have a great vision for this site. We want to create as many work-related learning opportunities for the students as possible. There hasn't been any provision in-borough for this cohort. “Lots of parents are very anxious about what’s going to happen when their children grow up. We felt if we do work-related learning on site and link with the community through our student-run cafe and horticultural area, we could create meaningful pathways into adulthood for all students encompassing training, education and supported work placements."The Pavilion is part of a dedicated programme of local investment in SEND provision by the Council in response to the nearly 50 per cent increase over the last five years in the number of children locally identified as needing specialist support.  A total of 84 new SEND places have been built across the borough since 2020. These include:Fifty new places at The Garden School’s new post-16 site The Pavilion Fourteen new places at Ickburgh School Ten new places at Gainsborough Primary SchoolTen new places at Queensbridge Primary School And £13 million more has been newly-earmarked by the Council to help to create at least 300 more places between now and 2026. 
Hackney unveils Warm Shores by Thomas J Price on National Windrush Day
On National Windrush Day (Wednesday 22 June) Hackney demonstrated its commitment to supporting the Windrush generations with the unveiling of a permanent public artwork in Town Hall Square, honouring the borough’s Windrush community.The unveiling of “Warm Shores” by artist Thomas J Price was celebrated with an evening of music, song and dance hosted by actor, comedian, TV and radio presenter, Eddie Nestor MBE, featuring performances from award-winning poets Mr Gee, Raymond Antrobus and KG Lester, Morningside Youth Steel Pan Band, a Reggae Choir, and Kingsmead Dynamix Drumming and Dance Group, as well as speeches from Hackney’s Windrush lead Cllr Carole Williams and Mayor Philip Glanville.The two 9ft bronze figures are based on digital 3D images of over 30 Hackney residents with a personal connection to Windrush. The sculptures complete the Council’s Hackney Windrush Artwork Commission, established in partnership with Create London, with support from Art Fund and Freelands Foundation, which in October 2021 saw the delivery of the UK's first permanent public sculptures honouring the Windrush generation, by Turner Prize-nominated artist Veronica Ryan OBE.NotesNational Windrush DayAlthough Windrush Day has been celebrated in the Caribbean community for years, National Windrush Day was introduced in the UK in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. The day marks the arrival of African-Caribbean immigrants to the shores of Britain and honours the British Caribbean community. An estimated half a million people made their way to England after the Second World War.Hackney Windrush Art CommissionThe announcement was made on National Windrush Day 2020 following an extensive consultation process which began in 2018. The final decision to select Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan to make two separate pieces of work was made by a panel including Hackney residents, Windrush campaigners, artists, architects and local councillors including Cllr Carole Williams – Hackney’s appointed Cabinet lead for Windrush. The panel was chaired by Mark Sealy, director of Hackney-based gallery Autograph ABP, with approval from Mayor Phillip Glanville.The Hackney Windrush Art Commission is commissioned by Hackney Council and produced and curated by Create London. It is funded by the Art Fund, with additional support from the Henry Moore Foundation. The accompanying extensive public programme is kindly supported by the Freelands Foundation.Thomas J PriceThomas J Price was born in South London (1981). He received his BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art (2001-2004) and completed his MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in (2004-2006.) Price's practice spans sculpture, photography, film and animation. Price has held solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK. Price’s sculpture ‘The Distance Within’ is currently on view in Marcus Garvey Park, New York, until October 2022 as part of ‘Witness’; a commissioned project with Studio Museum Harlem. In 2021 he joined the international gallery Hauser and Wirth. Price lives and works in London.Create LondonCreate London is an arts organisation that has pioneered working with artists to realise new social enterprises, charities and cultural spaces. It commissions, curates and incubates long-term projects that are useful to society, supporting artists to work collaboratively with local communities. It reimagines the role of the artist in the city, working outside of galleries to find new and often surprising ways for art to become part of everyday life. Create London is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. https://createlondon.org/ Hackney CouncilIn 2018, Hackney was the first UK council to pass a comprehensive Motion regarding the Windrush generation. Alongside lobbying for justice for those affected by the Windrush Scandal, honouring the Windrush community is key to the borough’s commitments. Hackney Council’s Windrush Engagement Program supports the borough’s ongoing pledge to honor the valuable contributions of the Windrush generation.  https://hackney.gov.uk/windrush  Art FundArt Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. Art Fund is independently funded, supported by the 130,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year. www.artfund.org Freelands FoundationFreelands Foundation was set up in 2015 to give more people the chance to engage with and enjoy the arts in the UK, with a particular focus on education. Their ambition is to give everyone access to art education in the belief that it raises their aspirations and transforms their opportunities in life. They have worked with more than 30 arts organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support artists and broaden their engagement in their communities.  https://freelandsfoundation.co.uk/ 
22nd June 2022
Council welcomes London policing reform plans in wake of Child Q
Last week the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan set out his plans for Metropolitan Police reform in the wake of a series of scandals within the service, including the shameful stripsearch by police of Hackney school girl Child Q.  A City and Hackney Safeguarding Board Safeguarding Partnership review found that racism was likely an ‘influencing factor’ in the conduct of police officers that day.The Mayor of London called for robust vetting of new and serving police officers; better recruitment processes; change to the misconduct process; procedures to identify officers not suitable to the job; strengthened monitoring to help identify corrupt officers; better training and supervision; clear steps to how the Met becomes actively anti-racist; and recruitment of more people from Black and Global Majority communities.He added that he would only support the appointment of a new commissioner if they understand the extent of the cultural and organisational problems of the Met and if they have a convincing plan for root and branch reform. Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, have responded to the Mayor of London’s proposals.They said: “Police officers in Hackney and beyond work day-in, day-out to keep residents safe. Many go above and beyond the call of duty for their communities. However, what happened to Child Q in our borough - part of a series of other scandals and abuses across London in recent times - as well as the heinous murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer has led to an acute crisis of confidence in the police. Trust in the service is at a new low, with many people in Hackney telling us that the police do not serve or represent them.  “The Council has been working with local officers for years to help bridge the gap between police and some of our communities, but time and time again that work is undermined by the actions of some officers in the police. That’s why we welcome these plans for reform by the Mayor of London. Systemic and cultural change must happen - and it must come from the very top - if communities are to trust police again and if the damage caused by the many Met outrages is ever to be repaired.'“In the meantime, we’ll continue our work at a local level: including the development of an action plan - co-produced by the community, Council and police - to help rebuild trust in the service locally; and facilitating the monitoring of police use of stop and search by independent members of the community.” 
22nd June 2022