Human rights and equality for all
Hackney, like the country, is facing growing inequality. Our economy benefits the rich – we’ve seen the wealthy few get richer whilst the rest of the population have been struggling with the increasing cost of living. It isn’t fair.
Hackney continues to be an area of high deprivation. 22.2% of residents were estimated to be earning below the Living Wage in 2021. In 2019, 28% of Hackney’s children were found to be living in poverty.
Our local economy is broken; it has to change. At the moment, profits are being extracted by companies that are often located out of the borough, by people who already have well beyond their fair share.
Greens support “Doughnut economics”, which means putting people’s wellbeing and needs, as well as climate, ahead of profit. A Green Mayor will put residents’ physical and mental health as well as equality and the environment as top priorities and champion re-use as part of a circular economy.
My economic plan will ensure wealth created in Hackney stays in Hackney. Our local economy will be driven by residents, for residents whilst respecting our planet.
Hackney Council has the opportunity to create more local jobs for local people, and redirect wealth back into the local area through a community wealth-building strategy. This would put control of the economy back into the hands of Hackney residents.
My plan as Mayor will start with looking at where and how the Council is spending money. I would then identify practical steps to change the economy for the benefit of local people based on the following principles:
This is a tried and tested model of local economic development proven to help mitigate the extreme inequalities created by our economy. It tackles the vulnerabilities caused by overreliance on international markets. It will keep more money in Hackney so that profits stop leaking out of the area and into the pockets of large corporations. Instead, it will create new jobs filled by local talent.
Closer communities which support each other are also more prosperous communities. To build on the existing community links across Hackney, I will prioritise:
The council has been asking residents what they want to see when it comes to Hackney nightlife. The 2023 Licensing Policy Consultation will suggest new approaches to regulating night-time venues, including in Dalston.
Councillor Zoë Garbett is on Hackney’s Licensing Committee. She has been meeting with local residents and nightlife businesses to hear everyone’s views.
Zoë said: “Dalston’s nightlife is rightly legendary, and contributes so much to the area’s culture and economy. Nightlife venues have worked hard with the council to improve safety, with venues helping to fund medical and security staff in Dalston.”
“If you want to support our late-night venues, this is a chance to have your say. Local residents with concerns about nightlife – for instance, women’s safety – should also speak up. It’s really important that the council hears everyone’s voice.”
Cllr. Zoë Garbett (R) meets representatives from Ridley Road Market Bar, Dalston Superstore, Vortex, Servant Jazz Quarters, The Mix, Kaffa Coffee, The Karaoke Hole, The Haggerston and The Shacklewell Arms
As Mayor I will:
Human rights and equality for all
We are at crisis point. My plan to take action.
Everyone deserves a safe, secure and affordable home
Giving residents more power over their lives, homes and communities.
Every resident has the right to fair and just policing
A future for every child and young person
Cleaner air and safe, healthy streets for every resident
A mission to build community wealth.
Green spaces benefit people and our planet
Rethinking our use of resources