Saturday, 20 April 2013

Rally against the bedroom tax at The Beckers

On Thursday I spoke at a rally against the bedroom tax at The Beckers Community Hall, Rectory Road.

Residents from across Hackney attended, including from The Beckers, Downs Estate, Nightingale and Landfield.

Figures just released by the council show that from 1st April in Hackney:
- 28,000 people are affected by the cuts to council tax benefit
- 9,000 people are affected by the switch from uprating Local Housing Allowance in line with RPI to CPI
- 4,000 people are being hit by the bedroom tax
- 11,000 people are affected by the changes to the social fund

All in all it is estimated that 46 per cent of Hackney residents have been affected by benefit cuts since 2010.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hackney Downs CAP meeting 3rd April 2013

I attended the Hackney Downs CAP meeting tonight with local residents and the police at BSix. I met our new SNT Sergeant Vikki McBride.

Crime was lower than normal in the last quarter in the ward, but the police put this down to the cold weather.  There were quite a few vehicle thefts and there have been quite a lot of robberies of students leaving BSix.

We retained BSix and Nightingale as two of our three police patrol priority areas, and I requested that Landfield Estate be added as well following reports raised at the last TRA meeting.

I also asked if the police could look into objecting to the licensing application for the Star by Hackney Downs - local residents are very concerned about the late hours and the nature of the activities proposed.

Next meeting will be in July.