The power and importance of young people’s voices has been shown by many youth-led movements such as young climate activists. A Green Mayor will strengthen the voices of young people in Council scrutiny, policy making and inspections. I will work with, and listen to, young people’s representative groups such as Hackney’s Youth Parliament. I will also:

  • Hold a young people’s Mayor’s question time.
  • Enable Hackney’s Youth Parliament to propose budget amendments as part of the budget-setting process.
  • Create a participatory budget element to Young Hackney’s governance so that young people can help decide how resources are allocated.

I will also call for the voting age to be brought down to 16 years old for all elections so that young people have more of a say over their future.

I will hand over more power directly to citizens of Hackney and help people to win greater power over their own lives, homes, and communities. In addition to the above, I will do this by:

  • Supporting calls for a referendum, asking residents whether they would like to move from a directly-elected Mayor & cabinet structure, where a few people hold a lot of power, to a committee system where more councillors (representing residents) have a greater say in the decisions the Council makes.
  • Including disabled people’s advocates more closely in the work of the council.
  • Strengthening the power of our SEND Parent Carer forum (Hackney Independent Parents).
  • Holding regular, powerful and wide reaching Citizens’ Assemblies, supported by a network of community panels, on the climate and ecological emergency. These will be delivered with local expert organisations.
  • Exploring how representative Citizens’ Assemblies can help guide the Council’s approach to challenges such as falling school pupil numbers.
  • Working closely with community organisations to support and encourage wide, diverse participation in Council scrutiny and planning, working together to minimise barriers to participation such as language.
  • Introducing participatory budgeting for up to 20 percent of the Council budget by 2026 so that residents can decide how budgets are spent.
  • Replacing town plans with people’s plans.
  • Requiring resident-led planning to be supported from the start of the process for any changes to estates.
  • Having regular meetings with and listening to unions including workers unions, student unions and independent renters unions.
  • Lobbying government to introduce fairer voting and proportional representation to elections at all levels of government.
  • Regularly sharing information and being transparent so residents are informed of key decisions and updates to make participation in scrutiny as easy as possible.

My Plan for a Fairer Greener Hackney