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Corporate plan 2018-22

Keeping Hackney as a place for everyone is our shared vision for the Council. Over the next 4 years we will be approaching this work with a renewed energy and focus.

We will tackle inequality and poverty, maintain and celebrate the borough’s rich diversity and maximise affordable homes.

We will do this while making sure that all our residents have access to excellent services and public spaces, to the best education and training, and to jobs and opportunities.

Building a fairer, safer and more sustainable Hackney

The new manifesto on building a fairer, safer and more sustainable Hackney, on which the Mayor and Labour Group were elected, is ambitious for the borough’s future. The key objectives have already been incorporated into the Mayor’s new priorities.

This corporate plan shows how the Council will deliver that ambitious manifesto over the next 4 years, guided by our new ten year Community Strategy.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work.

We have achieved a huge amount of which we can be very proud; our services, our schools and our public spaces are all amongst the very best.

However, we face significant and ongoing issues; including deprivation and poverty, diminishing resources, increasing demand, an unstable national political climate and the uncertainty caused by Brexit. All have a severe impact on Hackney, on London, and on local services.

The challenge to local government remains acute

After 8 years of austerity, the financial challenge to local government remains acute.

Hackney will have lost £140 million from our annual Government grant by 2019/20, around 45%, and we must find further savings up to 2023 at least.

Inequality is widening in the borough, and welfare reform is increasing that challenge and driving demand on our services for the most vulnerable.

As a Council, maintaining strong, cohesive, healthy communities in the face of that inequality, is one of our greatest and most difficult tasks.

As we plan for what we know lies ahead, we must also maintain our resilience to deal with the unexpected including many of the unknowns around Brexit.

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower was a defining moment for local government, and for all social landlords. Quite rightly, it has focused our minds on ensuring that all our 22,000 council homes are as safe as they can be.

We have already made a lot of progress on ensuring that our tenants feel engaged and listened to, and have tested our readiness to deal with a major emergency should we need to.

Hackney has a history of overcoming challenges

Hackney has a history of overcoming challenges; we went from being the worst local authority in the country to one of the best over the past 15 years.

We have effectively managed the second highest level of cuts in the country whilst prioritising services, focusing on residents, and keeping standards high.

Many people who work here thrive on change, but the Council will need to adapt more than ever to keep meeting the challenges ahead.

Our organisational values: being open, ambitious, pioneering, inclusive, proactive and proud

To do that, we will need to truly live our organisational values: being open, ambitious, pioneering, inclusive, proactive and proud. Proud of Hackney, of the Council, and of the work we really do.

We will need to put resident engagement at the heart of everything.

We will need to continue to support our business community and ensure we foster their success and their diversity.

We will need to stay focused on delivering excellent services alongside an ambitious manifesto programme.

To do this we must continue to work together as one organisation and with our partners and our residents to make the most of our collective resources, skills, ideas, and talents.

Page updated on: 11 July 2019